Del Tin

Del Tin 5152

Overall Length: 50 inches
Blade Length: 40 inches
Point of Balance: 7 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 28 inches from cross
Weight: 4.2 lbs
Pommel type: Oakeshott Type Z
Cross type: Oakeshott Type 12
Blade type: Oakeshott Type XIIIa
Blade width at cross: 2 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 1.5 inches
Handle Length: 9 inches

Performance Review: Despite its rather heavy weight I found that this sword handles better then many of the lighter Del Tin single handers that I have dealt with. It is definitely a two handed sword, but in two hands it tracks well and is reasonably easy to recover for a sword of this size. It compares favorably to many more expensive large swords that I have handled.

Appearance: Del Tin did his usual good job when putting this sword together. I believe Mr. Del Tin told me that the original for this sword can be seen at the Doge's palace in Italy. I have no way of knowing how faithful this sword is to the original but I can say that it is a nice looking sword in its own right. The long blade and fuller are both exactingly built on this sword with no assymetries or other problem areas. The cross is well formed and symmetrical the unusual Type Z pommel seemed to be well cast. The grip though plain is also a nice effort.

Conclusion: This sword strikes me as being pretty true to what the original must have been, that is a plain well built weapon intended for the common soldier. It does not handle as well as a higher end production or custom piece might, but it is completely serviceable and looks good in the bargain. If someone is looking for a large double handed sword but wants something a little out of the ordinary I would highly recommend giving this sword a look.