Del Tin 5174
|Overall Length:||32.5 inches|
|Blade Length:||26.5 inches|
|Point of Balance:||3.5 inches from cross|
|Center of Percussion:||18 inches from cross|
|Cross length:||9.5 inches|
|Blade width at cross:||2 inches|
|Blade width 2 inches from tip:||1 inch|
|Handle Length:||5.5 inches|
Performance Review: This newer model sword shows that Fulvio Del Tin can put together a great handling sword. This dussack was easily the nicest handling sword of the lot that I picked up in this shipment. It is balanced as a cutter but is still quick on the recovery and very usable with one hand. The wire wrapped grip was comfortable in the hand and none of the hilt components lead to any problems with handling. This is an emminently usable sword if it were to be sharpened.
Appearance: Del Tin also came through in the aesthetics department with this particular piece. Del Tins are often head and shoulders above their price point competition when it comes to aesthetics but in this case the sword is on another level all together when compared to similarly priced swords. This one was a real tour de force. The complex blade with its multiple fullers and distinctive blade profile was very nicely ground with no discernible flaws. The complex hilt and pommel were some of the nicest examples I have seen on Del Tin swords with no remarkable flaws. The wire wrapped grip was tightly bound and very attractive as well. I cannot say enough about this sword in the looks department.
Conclusion: This sword truly shows the best that Del Tin has to offer both from the performance and aesthetic prospective. I highly recommend it to anyone who finds this type of sword in their area of interest.