Jody Samson

Sword

Overall Length: 45.25 inches
Blade Length: 34.5 inches
Point of Balance: 3 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 21 inches from cross
Weight: 4.2 lbs
Pommel type: Fantasy Type T Variant
Cross type: Fantasy Type 7
Blade type: Fantasy
Blade width at cross: 2.5 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 0.5 inches
Handle Length: 10.75 inches

Performance Review: This is not an agile sword, at least not for one-handed use. However, due to its balance point being brought back close to the cross, it is a lot faster then its 4.2 pound weight would suggest. When swung with two hands, this sword handles well. The long grip makes two-handed use easy. This sword feels solid. I believe it would perform decently as a cutter, but thanks to its acute point would probably be an even better thruster.

Appearance: Visually, the sword is an imposing fantasy weapon that manages to avoid garishness or being "over the top." The blade itself is cleanly ground with no wobbles. The hollow-grinding is especially impressive, especially when remembering that it was all done by hand. The fuller is nicely executed, perfectly symmetrical and does not run off at the end but rather gradually fades out in a straight line. The point is very acute and also nicely symmetrical. The fittings are relatively simple examples of Mr. Samson's work. Their decoration consists of geometric lines and bumps. They appear to be very cleanly cast with no discernible pitting or lines. These particular fittings were also darkened with what appears to be a cold bluing solution. The wrap on the grip seems to be nice and tight. The wrap is of a peculiar "baseball bat" type wrap which consists of a single long leather strip which is wrapped around and around the grip, overlapping itself. The grip seems to be slightly off-center where it meets the pommel, but this could be due to a minor difference in the leather thickness. The leather has been dyed an oxblood hue that appears to be a custom-mixed variation of the color.

Conclusion: believe that Jody Samson is a talented sword maker. I personally am more interested in historically-based swords; however, that in no way lessens my admiration of Mr. Samson's obvious talent. This particular sword appears to be a functional work of art. If I had the desire to purchase a fantasy type sword, Mr. Samson would be one of two makers on my short list.