Armart

Urnfield Sword

Overall Length: 30 inches
Blade Length: 24.5 inches
Point of Balance: 19 inches from cross
Weight: 2 lbs 10 oz
Blade width at cross: 1.1 inches
Blade width at widest point: 1.74 8.75 inches from tip inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: .95 inches

Performance Review: This sword is designed to be a chopping sword and is weighted accordingly. It will not recover extremely quickly nor was it designed for what we consider fencing however it still handles very nicely. I was unable to cut with it since it was a customer's piece and honestly I have no idea if it was work hardened or not, and therefore would be afraid of ruining the edge.

Appearance: This is an absolutely beautiful sword. The owner tells me that the piece is historically inaccurate because some of the dimensions are not exactly correct for a historical piece and because the sword was cast all in one piece rather then having a mulitpart construction as the orginals were. However, despite these accuracy deficiencies the sword is absolutely stunning to look at. It is a rich bronze color, with a wasp waist a beefy cutting surface and a very acute tip. There is also a pronounced mid rip that runs nearly the whole length of the blade. Additionally Armart decorated the piece with an engraved motif at handle and tip that would have been accurate for this particular type of sword. There were a few casting flaws but the overall aesthetic appeal is unquestionable.

Conclusion: This particular sword is from a period far earlier then my primary period of interest. However were it to come up for sale I would snap it up in a heartbeat. It is a gorgeous piece of work. Unfortunately, it is probably the only piece of its type that will be made by Armart as there was apparently some difficulties with the construction. Armarts delivery problems are also a factor to consider when purchasing anything from that company, and would prevent me from trying to have a copy of this sword made. All that aside this sword is a gorgeous piece, and one that I would be proud to own.