Del Tin

Del Tin 2130

Overall Length: 38.5 inches
Blade Length: 33 inches
Point of Balance: 7.5 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 20.75 inches from cross
Weight: 3.2 lbs
Pommel type: Oakeshott A
Cross type: Oakeshott 6
Blade type: XII
Cross length: 9 inches
Blade width at cross: 2 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 1.5 inches
Handle Length: 5.5 inches

Performance Review: It has been said by many that the Sword of St. Maurice of Turin that this sword was patterned after is a horseman's sword by virtue of the way it is balanced in favor of powerful cutting blows with large momentum behind them and I found that Fulvio Del Tin's recreation of the sword is faithful to the original. As can be seen from the statistics above this sword is very much balanced towards the cut and is not what I would call a "fencing" sword, but rather a powerful cutting sword. In that respect I believe that it is one of the more accurately balanced Del Tins that it has been my pleasure to hold. It is not light, it is not quick... but then neither was the original.

Appearance: This sword is also faithful to the original in appearance being a rather plain weapon. Unlike the original this sword does not have engraved inscriptions along the blade. The fit and finish are up to Del Tin's usual standards that is to say if not spectacular still very good and far better then some of the other production style products coming out of Europe and the far East these days. The blade is cleanly ground with no ripples, the fullers were equal on both sides of the blade. The cross and pommel were nicely finished with no tooling marks and nicely peened together. The handle was of some light wood underneath the wrap and seemed to be free of any cracks or other damage. I replaced the original rather plain black leather handle wrap and added a brown wrap with a riser.

Conclusion: This has taken its place as one of my more favorite Del Tins. I believe that this reproduction is very like the original in terms of performance and aesthetically it is very pleasing in a businesslike sort of way.