I think the need to own a real sword is a driving factor and I have come close many times. I find myself with a pair of bokken and a Rawlings synthetic waster at the moment but I have also owned a Lord of the Rings replica for a while. I have been just a mere dabbler. It’s nothing compared to many people who collect antiques, replicas, wasters, blunts, sharps and everything in between. For a while the idea of owning a properly forged katana would have been the highlight of any collection but I think my view of it all has refined.
What I want now is a forged blunt longsword. In investigating this topic I compiled a short list to go through, maybe it will be of interest. The Kult of Athena won the bargain price with their Tinker Pearce blunt but for my mind the work of Péter Regenyei at the Regenyei Armory wins out. He is someone with many years as a teacher and student of HEMA as well as forging these very fine swords.
|Store Name||Sword Make||Blade Length||Hilt Length||Weight||Cost||Sheath Cost||Total Cost|
|The Knight Shop||Rawlings Pro Line Synthetic||965 mm||260 mm||768 g||£ 47.00||na||£ 47.00|
|The Knight Shop||Tinker Pearce Longsword – Blunt||890 mm||300 mm||1304 g||£ 241.20||included||£ 241.20|
|The Knight Shop||Windlass Steelcrafts Longsword||965 mm||254 mm||1361 g||£ 179.86||included||£ 179.86|
|The Knight Shop||Windlass Steelcrafts 15thC Longsword||927 mm||229 mm||1475 g||£ 187.06||included||£ 187.06|
|C.K.Cowarna||Viollet||930 mm||320 mm||1700 g||£ 207.83||£ 93.17||£ 300.99|
|C.K.Cowarna||Dürrer||960 mm||280 mm||1600 g||£ 207.83||£ 93.17||£ 300.99|
|HEMA Shop||Tinker Pearce Longsword – Blunt||890 mm||300 mm||1304 g||£ 241.20||included||£ 241.20|
|HEMA Shop||Longsword (ca. 1400)||960 mm||160 mm||1440 g||£ 179.86||included||£ 179.86|
|Therion Arms||Tinker Pearce Longsword – Blunt||890 mm||300 mm||1304 g||£ 163.51||included||£ 163.51|
|Therion Arms||Practical Bastard Sword||965 mm||279 mm||1450 g||£ 172.94||included||£ 172.94|
|Regenyei Armory||Type IV Longsword BDC3||930 mm||285 mm||1250 g||£ 198.54||£ 68.09||£ 266.63|
|Kult of Athema||Tinker Pearce Longsword – Blunt||890 mm||300 mm||1304 g||£ 123.24||included||£ 123.24|
|Medieval Weaponry||Practical Hand-and-Half Sword||860 mm||165 mm||1450 g||£ 167.40||included||£ 167.40|
|Medieval Weaponry||Practical Bastard Sword||965 mm||279 mm||1450 g||£ 214.20||included||£ 214.20|
The basic Type IV longsword from Regenyei Armory has all the characteristics I would want. It is proportionately beautiful but also would be a long lasting item that could carry my training along from wistful imagining, through solo practice, to sparring.