Two Handed Crusader Long Sword - Euro Model #13
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Euro model #13 - Two Handed Crusader Long Sword
Through hardened 1075 spring steel blade with peened tang.
Metal fittings on sword and scabbard
Wood core leather wrapped sheath and belt.
Handle - 7.2 inches
Handle with pommel - 9 inches
Blade length - 35.5 inches
Total length 45 inches
Blade width 2 inches at guard
Weight 3.2 pounds
Length in sheath 48 inches
A classic Type XIIa.
I originally received the sword with a scabbard that was so tight it was extremely difficult to unsheathe the blade. Fortunately, after contacting RK about this issue and requesting an equal exchange, Chris assisted in sending me my new Euro 13. The scabbard was now fitted properly for the blade. However, I did also notice some other welcome details - the fuller and the blade itself had a straighter profile than the first blade. This was pleasing but makes me wonder about the consistency of the straight profiles for other Euros. Regardless, the package was more than satisfactory. The balance and weight of the sword are not Albion-level but are impressive and refreshing compared to lower priced models. It's lighter than one would think as well and not terribly difficult to wield one-handed. There was no secondary bevel and the edge was consistently sharp and even. It easily holds its edge and cutting power against the light backyard sessions I put it through (mostly water bottles and jugs). The scabbard is more than simply decent but it is the sword belt that adds a rather nice touch to the sword as the fitting is also a rather faithful interpretation of a 13th century scabbard and belt. In fact, I will be ordering a second one for another hand and a half sword - should RK allow one-off purchases like this.
In any case, this is a definitive solid choice for any beginner collector seeking a classic 12th to 13th century hand and a half sword in a XIIa incarnation that won't break the bank as it remains within roughly entry-level price range. Sharp, surprisingly agile, with unstated elegance and with a rather nicely peened pommel evoking the cross of the Knights Templar as well.