Del Tin 2102
|Overall Length:||39 inches|
|Blade Length:||33 inches|
|Point of Balance:||3.5 inches from cross|
|Center of Percussion:||23 inches from cross|
|Hilt type:||Peterson D|
|Blade type:||Geibig 2|
|Cross length:||4 inches|
|Blade width at cross:||2 inches|
|Blade width 2 inches from tip:||1 inche|
|Handle Length:||5.5 inches|
Performance Review: In short this sword is not an excellent performer. Despite the balance point being in the right place the sword still feels rather unweildy when swung and is slow to recover. As with most Viking swords I once more found that the short hilt length coupled with the large pommel dug uncomfortably into my hands when swinging the sword in the standard "hammer" grip. If someone is wishing to purchase a cutting sword I would not recommend this one. In the interests of fairness I would have to say that this sword does perform in line with most other items in its price range.
Appearance: It is in the aesthetic department that the 2102 is at its best. At first glance the sword is visually rather striking, the bronze pommel cross and handle all are instant attention getters. On this particular example the blade was very nicely ground with a broad shallow fuller, which was uniform on both sides and no sign of poor grinds or finish. The cross, grip and pommel were all nicely cast with no major casting flaws. The fit and finish on this sword were well in excess of what someone would normally expect on a sword in this price range.
Conclusion: I believe as a costume piece the 2102 would serve very well. Visually the sword is very appealing although unfortunately its performance does not live up to its appearance. However, for the price and with those parameters understood this sword may be worth a look.