Little John Swords
Mortis Fantasy Sword
|Overall Length:||39 inches|
|Blade Length:||30.5 inches|
|Point of Balance:||3 inches from cross|
|Center of Percussion:||17.5 inches from cross|
|Pommel type:||Fantasy Skull|
|Cross type:||Resembles Oakeshott Type 2|
|Blade type:||Resembles Oakeshott Type XII|
|Blade width at cross:||2 inches|
|Blade width 2 inches from tip:||1 inches|
|Handle Length:||9.5 inches|
Performance Review: As one can see in the specification section, this sword weighs in at a hefty 4.5 lbs which is quite hefty for a sword that is less than 40 inches long. Typically when a maker makes a sword this heavy they use a hefty pommel to try to move the balance point back towards the cross. This was certainly the case here and the maker has succeeded in moving the sword to within 3 inches of the cross. Unfortunately, this doesn't really seem to have helped the performance characteristics of this piece. This is a heavy sword and it acts like it.
Appearance: The aesthetic effect of this sword says "barbarian blade" to me. That is to say it is rather crudely finished with a significantly in your face motif of skulls and what might be called runes chiseled into the blade. As previously noted multi-skull pommel is rather roughly cast. The bone handle is a nice bit of work, antler in these sizes is typically hard to work with. The cross is chunky and hefty although reasonably finished. The blade is pattern welded steel with crude runes cut into the blade surface. There are several welding flaws in the blade adding to the barbarian motif.
Conclusion: This sword is not a performance oriented piece of work. As a work of fantasy, it is not a terrible piece although the motif chosen and the fit and finish do not appeal to me personally.