Angel Sword

Longsword

Overall Length: 43 inches
Blade Length: 31.5 inches
Point of Balance: 0.25 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 20 inches from cross
Weight: 5.1 lbs
Pommel type: H variant
Cross type: 1 variant
Blade type: N/A
Hilt length: 10.75 inches
Blade width at cross: 2 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 1.25 inches
Handle Length: 10 inches

Performance Review: In the area of performance this was a very interesting sword. The first thing that should stand out to the user who carefully examines the statistics listed above is that the sword weighs in at a 5.1 lbs, which is fairly hefty for a sword of this length. Other swords reviewed on this site of similar lengths often weigh in at around or even under 3 lbs. Typically, to compensate for a heavy sword the maker uses a massive pommel to pull the balance point back towards the grip, however in this case a person can see that the pommel on this particular piece is in no way bulky or massive. I believe that instead the maker made use of an extremely long and robust tang to bring the balance point back to the point where the sword balances virtually at the hilt. This has the effect of making the sword much easier to swing then its weight would suggest, but because the point of balance is so close it makes the sword feel very odd in the hand. I recognize that "odd" is very subjective but I cannot think of any other way to describe it. It is not that the sword is hard to swing it is not, but rather it feels like the point is somewhat oddly out of control. As noted this is a purely subjective feel on my part your mileage may vary. The center of percussion is where it should be in the sword roughly two thirds of the way down the blades length. The blade geometry was roughly hexagonal with robust cutting edges and a pair of twin fullers. I did not cut with this sword but suspect that its weight combined blade geometry would probably make it a fairly good cutter if one can properly control it. The owner had done some cutting with it and his report supports the conclusion that this sword cuts well.

Appearance: This sword was well put together; the fit at the juncture of the cross and blade was very tight. All of the grinds were clean with no ripples and the fullers were very straight an proportional on both sides. The long cross had some nice jimping that added to the overall aesthetic of the sword. The pommel appeared to have been machined rather then cast and was cleanly executed. Further the pommel (and cross) appeared to have been blued or browned and a nice job was done with that as well. The long grip was a bit oversize and was wrapped "baseball" style with leather cording. All components seemed nice and tight despite the cutting the sword had been used for.

Conclusion: I believe that this sword is a nice example in the fantasy genre. It has the sort of flair that the fantasy sword enthusiast seeks, is well put together and would appear to be an adequate cutter although I think not the most easily controlled sword in the cut. Although not fitting my personal preferences, if a buyer is looking in the fantasy genre and has deep pockets Angel Sword may be worth a look.