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David Sutton




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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jun, 2007 4:47 pm    Post subject: Del Tin 2140         Reply with quote

I'm looking for some information about the Del Tin 14th century sword number 2140. Its the one based on the type XIV in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Specifically I'm interested in how it handles. Is it heavy? Well balanced? I've had a root around but cant seem to find much on it performance-wise.

Cheers in advance for anything you can tell me guys. Wink

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Mike West




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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jun, 2007 7:06 pm    Post subject: I have one!         Reply with quote

It's well balanced and, very maneuverable. It also has a nice "heft." I have one that was made out of the older "Krupp" steel and, was sold by MRL back in the 1990's. I would assume that the new version feels the same.
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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jun, 2007 7:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I used to own this one. I loved it.



In terms of dry handling (I never cut with mine), I remember it to be okay. Not great, not bad. Pleasant, easy, fun.

It's not the best recreation of the sword in the Met; I consider it to be "inspired by" the Met sword rather than being a recreation of it. The proportions are very different. The original sword is bigger and its pommel is wide and flat. The Del Tin version is not as wide and much more thick. The inscription on the pommel was not very crisply cast on one side.

It's a nice sword for the price, though. I miss mine sometimes, though my Albion Sovereign is a much better (but much more expensive) sword.

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David Sutton




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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jun, 2007 11:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the responses guys. Del Tin's catalogue currently lists two versions of the sword a smaller and a larger. I'm assuming that the larger is closer to the 'Met Sword', the smaller has dimensions similar to Albion's type XIV's. Being a type XIV lover the 'Met Sword' has always appealed to me! Big Grin
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