Phoenix Metal Loop-hilt Smallsword
Original: Mid-18th century
The practice of re-hilting an older blade with a newer hilt was well known throughout the ages, and this phenomenal piece continues that tradition. The triangular cross-sectioned blade is an original 18th century antique that's been hilted by the talented cutler Erik Stevenson of Phoenix Metal Creations.
The guard shows an incredible attention to detail, as it is filed and sculpted in the same style of a bezelled jewel. This was not an uncommon style in period originals, and Erik Stevenson drew the inspiration from a multitude of examples. The blade is very small and lightweight, and it is interesting to note that there seem to be a few dings as results of parries. The marks do not look like parries from another smallsword, and speculatively could have been received from a larger cutting sword such as a saber.
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Overall length: 31.5"
Weight: .7 pounds
Width of guard: 3"
Blade: 25.5" long; 1.125" wide at base, tapering to .25"
Grip length: 2.625"
Point of Balance (PoB): 1.125" from guard
Maker: Erik Stevenson, Phoenix Metal Creations