Here's a custom blunt longsword for stage use for a long-time customer and buddy of mine. Handles like a dream.
what would one of these cost. I am sick of buying crappy replicas I want a real sword
A standard Steerboard longsword from our Longship line runs from $850 to $900. If we were doing a custom longsword, they typically start at $1600.
If it's a stage longsword, does it have an edge that cuts?
No, it has a blunted edge for contact with other stage swords and relatively safer stage combat. Don't want actors getting hurt.
Still looks like the tip is quite pointy, at least compared to other blunted longswords I see.
Oh, that is beautiful.
Yep, with proper experience, protective equipment, and trained supervision.
That is one awesome looking longsword.
Looks awesome. Where is the balance point?
Don't have it on hand anymore to check. Think it was only around 3" from guard.
Wow, that's awesome. I've been looking for a sword with an extremely low balance point, but they're hard to find. And expensive.
Some of the Hanwei/Tinker stuff and the Valiant Armory stuff handles pretty well for the price, which is fairly cheap. Quality takes time though, and that raises costs, especially for custom makers like us that have relatively low orders and production capabilities.
What's the difference between a sword for stage use and a regular sword? Is this one made of fiberglass or something like that?
Nah, still steel. It has a thicker rounded edge meant for hard impacts, since stage actors and people training in the sword-based martial arts do a lot of that. Our regular swords are sharpened and meant for cutting. They would still stand up to use in combat, but swords in actual use aren't meant to be bashed against each other or other hard, unmoving objects without any damage to the edge. It's all about deflection.
its looks beautiful.
Double handed grip, heavy pommel, tapering blade. This looks like a sword I dreamed up. What does it handle like?
It's pretty nice. Very agile but still has presence. Customer was pretty happy with it.
Nice! Pretty classy design. Usually we put a bit of taper at the bottom of the grip for a bit of ergonomic benefit.
Bottom half, right? Do you think the 'neck' of the pommel being part of the hand would mess with grip.
As long as it follows the profile of the grip and is comfortably shaped, not really. With hand-and-a-half swords/bastard swords, you would traditionally choke the lower hand partly on the pommel anyway, even with a wheel pommel, so it's historically sound.
Well it's supposed to be a two handed handle. I just didn't want to add too much to the visible length of the handle. So I had the pommel shaped that way so it doesn't choke the lower hand any. Not to mention I was trying to add a bit of a katana to it, and katanas don't have pommels.
Simple, yet beautiful!