Longsword- High Carbon 1095 Steel Sword With Clay Temper- 45"
The longsword, also known as long sword or long-sword, is a type of European sword characterized by a cruciform hilt with a two handed with a straight double-edged blade. The longsword was prevalent during the late medieval and Renaissance periods (approximately 1350 to 1550), with early and late use reaching the 13th and 17th centuries. The term bastard sword is used to identify the longsword during the late medieval and Renaissance period. To be defined as a longsword sword, the sword must be between 33"-45". This longsword measures 45". The blade is 37" and the handle is 8". The handle is wood wrapped in leather with Damascus steel bolsters. It is finished with a handmade leather sheath.
The sword is made from 1095 steel. 1095 steel is the highest carbon steel commonly used in swords. It has a carbon level of .95% which is one of the highest carbon levels for any type of steel. The most common high carbon swords are 1045 steel which only have .45% carbon content in the steel. 1095 steel is known for its ability to maintain an edge and is an incredibly hard steel. 1095 steel typically has a hardness of 56-58 HRC. The problem with 1095 steel is that it is lacks flexibility. Flexibility is critical to sword making so the sword doesn't break on high impact collisions. To increase the flexibility of this steel, clay tempering is used to soften the steel. The clay is thickly painted on the blade to insulates the parts of the blade that we want softened so they cool more slowly during the quenching process. In this case, the clay is painted everywhere except the edge. This clay tempering process keeps the strong and sharp edge of the blade while allowing the rest of the blade to be more flexible. This process optimizes the strength of the blade and maximizes its sharpness creating an incredible strong blade and sharp edge.
Handle Material: Wood with Damascus Steel Bolsters
Overall Length: 45"
Rockwell Hardness: 56-58 HRC
Sheath: Leather Sheath
Blade Material: 1095 Steel
Longsword/ Bastard Sword- High Carbon 1095 Steel Sword With Clay Temper- 45"
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The blade is not very sharp and the leather got a wee bit messed up; however, it's a very beautiful sword overall. It's very pretty. I was extremely stoked for it to come in the mail, and I was not disappointed. :)
This is a well crafted longsword. I think the blade could have been sharper but the handle and blade are well crafted.
Very impressive sword with a great handle and nice writing on the blade