The Cold Steel Scottish Broadsword. Jan 14, 2016 17:54:25 GMT
Post by Uhlan on Jan 14, 2016 17:54:25 GMT
While answering a question about the removal of gun blue from swords, ( sbg-sword-forum.forums.net/thread/46818/removed-black-finish-steel-messer), it occurred to me that I have never posted anything about this CS, though I have the thing for quite some time now. I had to take some pictures anyway, so why not use them in a review.
I went through the Sword Review Index and could not find anything about this sword and somehow I seem to have lost the old review index, so I cannot check.
No, I have no relations with CS of any kind, nor with any entities that sell their products.
So here goes.
The Cold Steel Scottish Broadsword.
There are a lot of people it seems, that are blabbering on about the historical accuracy of this sword. That it is supposed to be an unhistorical version of a 19th C. Regimental issue. I do not know.
When I go look at pictures from antiques, I see no reason to classify this sword, or rather this basket, as unhistorical. Why? It seems to be close enough to me. It sounds more like a ,,cheap replicas are sooo far beyond us'' campaign.
Another thing the nitpickers fall all over themselves about is that the basket is supposed to be too large. Which is nonsense. Go in there with the gauntlets on and you will find it is a close fit, even with the liner removed.
Somehow the old Scots had dainty little ladies hands? Is that the reason they are supposed to be waring skirts? Which is, by the way, a 19th C. British fabrication, a last humiliation so to say, just like that awful tassel under the pommel and that ridiculous and flabby basket liner one sees on the Hanwei Scottish Backsword, ,, that served as a hand warmer ''. Really? I think the old Scots would be more afraid of their swords freezing solid with their scabbards. And pumped full of adrenaline when doing battle, nobody is complaining about or even noticing cold hands. Well, maybe apart from the tweed clad, pipe smoking, would be academically inclined and artistically bearded fraternety, who, by the way, shun battle of any kind as the plague lest their Trotsky glasses get fogged up for once in their lives, writing this kind of guff.
As I said above, the basket is non too big. Persons with very large hands may find it cramped and so must remove the liner. Luckily, there are no metal parts poking into the basket, nothing is irritating or hurting the hand and that is a plus.
There are quite some swords around of this type with hilts that look good but handle like a torture apparatus. Further more, this basket is quite solid, much better than the Eglinton, with a thickness of 2 mm. Baskets like these are build like an egg, so quite strong of themselves and with a material thickness of 2 mm they will hold up really well while stomping those tweedy boys in the gob.
There are no tool marks and every cutout is done quite precise, with bevelled edges, much better than Windlass will do. That is what you pay for, as CS is mostly Windlass, but one step up in quality.
I like the pommel. It is not that massive and is well made. The edge, where it meets the basket is quite sharp, but is not in the way, so I see no problem here. It is shoved on the tang and is screwed down with the nut on top. That works really well, as the nut covers about 7 mm of the 6.5 mm thick tang. More on this in the construction part. I removed the liner and covered it in black felt with a thick cord sewed to that to soften the edges of the basket a bit.
After the removal of the black paint on the real ray skin on the grip, I screwed it shut and thus far I cannot find any signs of strain. As I said, the oval grip is covered in real ray skin. Whether with gauntlets or bare hands, it fills the hand in a good and solid way and does not slip. The wire will not hold in the long run. See it as an extra and or replace it with a more sturdy 0.8 mm twisted, which should hold much better.
The blade is 80.8 cm long and is 40 mm wide, with a thickness of 4.5 mm going to 3.5 mm one inch from the tip and it has a diamond section.
There is one large fuller in the middle, with a thinner fuller on either side. That looks quite nice, specially since the middle fuller is highly polished, which makes a nice contrast with the rest of the blade. The fullers are lined up well and are not wavy.
The CS sharpening is quite good, not razor sharp, but it will cut right out of the box. The secondary bevel is quite small and should be easy to polish out. The temper is excellent. Nice stiff blade with just enough flex. Well done.
Obviously it is a compression fit, but done in the right way. The grip is supported by two bushings, one on either side.
The top one is of very solid build as it has to support the retaining nut.
As long as that nut sits tight on the 6.5 mm thick tang, the grip and basket will not go anywhere. Long before it gets really lose you will feel the grip or the basket slide somewhat. I would like to give the advise to glue it in place, but just now, when handling the sword I have to conclude that the grip has shrunk somewhat after about two years in a dry environment. It has some play.
So, I do not know whether gluing the nut is the thing to do. A washer like this may do the trick.
Anyway, the tang goes through the pommel and a second , long nut screws the pommel into place over 7 mm of the tang. With the thick tang, the double nut construction and the solid enough grip, I see no problems. One could argue that the grip needs some bedding compound to fix the slight play after drying out, but that is about all. To me this is a rock solid sword.
With a POB of 9.3 cm or 3.7 ", this is could have been a fast handling sword. It is not.
It feels kind of boxed in, like it wants to do better, but something is holding it back. It is likely the lack of distal taper that screws things up a bit, but with a thickness of the blade of only 4.5 mm that is no wonder.
All in all it does not handle bad at all. It sure is capable of devastating blows and surviving them too, but in swordplay it is not the fasted.
It handles like all the better replicas in this segment of the market. A little vague, but it comes very close to very good. Shame really.
Weight is 1296 grams or 2.8572 lbs. Not too bad for a sword with such a solid basket.
Solid build and very good finish on this one, though not the fasted on the block.
Though Cold Steel is at times over the top with the price, this one is worthy of the $$ they ask.
Even the standard leather scabbard is well made with good fittings. Get rid of that immense CS logo on the belt hook and it looks a lot better.
If you have the chance to score this sword second hand I would go for it for sure, but even at KOA retail this is a good buy.