Really cool sword. Blade, handle, guard all very well constructed and hand-crafted. This was a huge hit as a display piece on a going away shadow box for a servicemember.
I bought this knife as a retirement gift for myself and its great. I love how its balanced and the appearance is great. I won't buy a knife from anywhere else now.
The design of the sword is very unique, quality is amazing being very weighty and sturdy, and it already comes in fairly sharp and almost battle ready. It’s packed in a well made brown leather sheathe designed to be placed onto the back. Overall, you get what you paid for with every penny well spent.
There were aspects of the site that initially made me nervous to purchase; I'm glad to say those fears now seem unfounded. I'm going to try to be exact, thorough, and honest in my review. I only hold back the 5th star because of my "Remaining Reservations" section.
First, in "Fit and Finish" category, I give 5 of 5 stars.
-Pros: The handle, pommel, crossguard, and blade all meet with virtually no gaps at all. The whole sword feels like a solid piece, and there is no looseness or rattling of any kind. It also comes with a simple leather sheath with a snap closure, which is a welcome addition for carrying. The materials are all very aesthetically pleasing, and the sword overall looks beautiful. The pictures really don't do it justice. The steel is gorgeous and the bone, wood, and brass handle is fantastic.
-Cons: The edges of the crossguard could be just a little more rounded for comfort, and the same goes with the edges of the ricasso. The leather sheath is also brown when black would be a more neutral color, but that's barely a criticism.
Then in the "Handling" category, I give 3.5 of 5 stars.
-Pros: With a weight of 989 grams, a blade length of 18 inches, and a point of balance right about 3 inches forward of the crossguard the leafblade is definitely forward heavy which makes it very authoritative in the cut. The power in the added mass is undeniable, and since you likely won't have to spend all day on a battlefield swinging it, the extra weight isn't much of an issue.
-Cons: The sword weighs just over two pounds, which for a 26 inch sword is very heavy, at least compared to historical battlefield swords of similar size. It's slow to recover and not very lively in the hand. That means the design isn't historically accurate; it does not, however, mean it's not functional. It is, however, still much more tiring to use as it weighs almost twice what similar historical weapons would weigh.
In the "Blade" category I give a 5 of 5 stars.
-Pros: The shaping, sharpening, and grinding of the blade is very nice; the symmetry is very close on both edges and both flats. The blade shows no significant rippling, though the beautiful pattern would make seeing such things very difficult. The blade is obviously straight and true. It feels incredibly solid and sure, came sharp enough to cut paper out of the box, and the blade geometry is very nice. It has performed well in limited cutting tests and performed surprisingly well in the few thrust tests I did.
-Cons: It lacks any perceivable distill taper, but unless you're looking for something extremely historically accurate, or need to swing the sword for hours at a time this isn't really an issue.
In the "Handle/Grip" category I give a 4.5 of 5 stars.
-Pros: The handle shape is good overall, the grip is comfortable, and it does a good job of locking your hand while still being comfortable.
-Cons: It's a bit thicker than it needs to be. It could also be prone to getting slick when wet.
In the "Value" category I give a 5 of 5 stars.
-Pros: This is hands down the nicest looking sword I own. The blade seems to be of high quality, the handle seems to be of high quality, and the workmanship far exceeds what I would have expected for the price I paid for it ($100 on sale). Even at the original listed price of about $220 I would have still given this 5 star rating.
-Cons: At this price range there's really not much in the way of downside for a product of this quality.
In the "Purchase Experience" category I give a 4 of 5 stars.
-Pros: The customer service from Brian is incredible. I got replies in a very quick and polite manner, I was always kept up to date and offered many helpful options. I'm already considering another purchase soon.
-Cons: Be aware that many of the items on the website are made to order, and so you may have to wait a month or two for the item to be crafted for you. Unfortunately there does not currently seem to be any easy way to tell which items are in stock and which will require a wait time.
The sale on the website seems to be infinitely refreshing it's countdown, while the return policy clearly states that sale items can't be returned and basically every item on the site is on this seemingly infinite sale. I absolutely love the product I received but this still bugs me. I also received a written disclaimer with my sword that says the item is sold as is, has no guarantees associated with it at all, and isn't intended to be used as a weapon, or for any specific guaranteed use. I figure this is likely for legal purposes, but again, it bothered me. Finally, I haven't been able to verify the HRC or steel composition of the blade personally. In addition, I have not yet been able to perform thorough live testing with the sword as of yet, only some light tests.
The sword is very functional, though not 100% historically accurate; it seems to be an amazing sword, especially for the pr...
Great Looking blade, I haven't had a chance to do much with it yet, but excited for this fall when I will get to use it.
The sword is excellent and has some amazing craftsmanship put into it. I particularly love the design of the handle. It makes for an excellent display piece and I am very pleased with my purchase!
Nice shine to this mug.
You won't hesitate to take a drink.
I could imagine earlier people adding emeralds and Ruby's to these mugs.
Love this blade
So far the best I've received for some time now. Considering I have more on the way from Battling Blades. This is the first one.
I've ordered knives online, usually disappointed. So far I like what I see here. Looks like Battling Blades take pride in there work.
Came in immaculate condition sharp and oiled and ready to go. The grip is woven tight and blade crafted with care and feels absolutely great in my hand. The steel is very lightweight and it’s easy to swing. High quality for a reasonable price. Thanks again brain. I’m sure I will be getting more items for my new display in the future.
This beautiful, expertly crafted Damascus bowie knife immediately became my favorite blade! The composite handle fits both hands perfectly, the high carbon steel is strong and sturdy, she's versatile, very well balanced and - she's a bowie! Absolutely useful for many things, both at home and camping. I look forward to many years of use, and to pass this beauty down as a family heirloom.