Del Tin

Del Tin 5149

Overall Length: 44 inches
Blade Length: 35.75 inches
Point of Balance: 5.5 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 21.25 inches from cross
Weight: 3.8 lbs
Pommel type: Oakeshott Type K
Cross type: Oakeshott Type 6
Blade type: Oakeshott Type XII
Blade width at cross: 2 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 0.5 inches
Handle Length: 7.75 inches

Performance Review: The high weight of this sword combined with balance point extended out away from the handle make it a much more ponderous performer then its appearance would have one expect. This sword is entirely capable of delivering massive chopping blows, but it is slow to recover compared to many other similarly sized swords. Tracking is sluggish as well As with all Del Tin Swords this sword is designed with substantially rebated edges and pays a performance penalty for that characteristic.

Appearance: This is a beautiful sword. When I first saw it on Del Tin's website I knew right away that this sword was one that I had to try out. The blade is one of the more complex Del Tin blades that I have been able to hold and Del Tin did a wonderful job getting the blade right. The is nicely bound in wire and the cross and pommel although not as complex as the blade were both well constructed. The fit and finish on this blade is also extremely good.

Conclusion: Once again Del Tin delivers in the aesthetics department with this sword. It is a beautiful sword to look at, I only wish that the performance characteristics lived up to the aesthetic. The thing to keep in mind is that despite its performance characteristics it still performs as well or better then most other items in it's price range and looks a great deal better then most similarly priced items.