Del Tin

Del Tin 2151

Overall Length: 48.5 inches
Blade Length: 38.75 inches
Point of Balance: 6 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 25.5 inches from cross
Weight: 4 lbs
Pommel type: Oakeshott Type G
Cross type: Oakeshott Type 5 with finger ring
Blade type: XVIIII
Handle Length: 7.25 inches

Performance Review: Unfortunately this sword did not handle very well. I believe that the Point of Balance positioned so far out on the blade combined with the relatively high weight for this type of sword to make a sword that is rather unweildy when used with one hand. On the plus side since this is a hand and a half sword another hand can be fitted on the grip which makes the sword at least manageable if not necessarily lively.

Appearance: From an aesthetic perspective the sword was certainly well made. The blade was carefully ground, the hilt components and pommel displayed no memorable casting marks and the handle was tightly bound with an excellent wire wrap. This is a fairly impressive looking sword even though it does not contain some of the aesthetic flourishes of some of Del Tin's other work.

Conclusion: This is a nice looking sword, just the thing if you want a reasonably functional sword to wear on your hip at a medieval event. It would also be excellent in its role as a reenactment sword which is what Del Tin designs for. I would not recommend it for the serious practitioner of Western Martial Arts however due to its generally poor handling characteristics.