Hey everyone, I was scrolling through Kult of Athena's newly stocked items and found a couple swords from a company called Balaur Arms. The specs on them seem to be good, EN45 steel, reasonable weight/balance, and comes with a scabbard and sword belt..all for $199.95. I was wondering if anyone had ever bought from this company before and if so, was the sword of good quality?
I've been eye-balling those too. They apparently have no website. I looked. Great looking stuff, and the stats are good. When I first saw them, I was tempted to order right then and there, but figured I'd let someone else take one for the team. They sure 'talk up' the tang. Hell, I may go for it anyway. I've got $200 in rolled coins taking up space in my Man-Cave anyway.
Huh, if its an Indian forge I wonder if their quality control is on par with Windlass or is it on the lower end like Deepeeka? I guess I've been in that same boat lol, waiting for someone else to take the risk and make a review. I'll have to really consider this one.
It looks like to keep the weight down, they are using some seriously light furniture (those way-forward P.o.B.) - but that isn't always a bad thing. However, I agree that they're KoA going direct with a 'copycat' DSA forge. Even look at those scabbards. That's not coincidence.
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There is a certain "sameness" to some of these new models we're seeing at the low end of price spectrum. I suspect the same forges are supplying more than one company. OTOH, the blades seem reasonably well made on a lot of them. The hilts look a little off. I can't quite put my finger on it... but the proportions seem a little weird at times.... like the guard is 3% too big, if you know what I mean. But at that price point, if it can hold an edge and cut, it might be a great first sword for someone, and I've seen worse looking swords for a lot more money. OTOH, their 14th century longsword has the POB more than 7" out.... that's pretty blade heavy....
Yea the DSA scabbard is a dead give away to a India forge. I remember seeing some other "DSA" swords being sold in Europe that were shown in a older thread. Or perhaps DSA was kind enough to help a little guy and is making scabbards for them!....
Overall they look like decent swords and my birthday is coming up so I may have to bite at one of these if they don't go out of stock by then. Worse case scenario is they are DSA type swords and the hilting is hit or miss. Either way nice looking sub $300 XIIa longswords.
I almost bought one, but the DSA scabbard has me balking. I refuse to buy another DSA sword, period. A #10 bolt threaded "tang" that has been hit with a grinder a few seconds is not a hot-peen, nor a true tang. DSA swords that I own either bend or break at the tang. If someone buys one of these let me know. I'll take a chance on it if its not a DSA-type blade.
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Tomt24: I personally wouldn't consider 2,35m overall length as short. But the lightend rear shaft should really help reducing the sluggishness if used in one hand considering the parallel axis theorem.
Aug 8, 2020 14:45:30 GMT
MOK: Seems probable, given the shortish haft.
Aug 8, 2020 14:22:02 GMT
Tomt24: Just kidding. It is a really interesting piece. From the stats I assume it to be somewhat 1,5 handed in use. Shorter grip for spear & shield, but also be effective in a more halberd like manner if you use it 2 handed.
Aug 8, 2020 14:02:34 GMT
MOK: No! No preorders! Preorders bad! (Unless it's something I really, really, REALLY want, natch...)
Aug 8, 2020 13:47:06 GMT
Tomt24: Is this a pre-order, Mok? Let me do a prototype first...
Aug 8, 2020 13:32:49 GMT
Tomt24: It is a really interesting piece. Might be worth recreating one in the next months.
Aug 8, 2020 2:29:52 GMT
legacyofthesword: It's really rare to find original shafts/handles on artifacts. Thanks for mentioning the Lendbreen spear, I hadn't heard of it before.
Aug 7, 2020 19:24:23 GMT
Tomt24: Agree. I would personally prefer ash, but they were kind of opportunistic back then. Hickory wasn't an option in medieval europe ^^. Guess I should have started a proper Thread, will do after my exams are done.
Aug 7, 2020 14:08:53 GMT
Scott: Was the original spearshaft made from a coppiced pole? Or a sapling perhaps? Either would make the shaft less likely to break.
Aug 7, 2020 5:01:22 GMT
treeslicer: On the spear shafts, ash or hickory would be best, IMHO. Remember that they have to take impact at the head socket without breaking.
Aug 7, 2020 3:42:55 GMT
Tomt24: Seen some density and janka ratings where birch is quite similiar to ash.
Aug 7, 2020 3:18:34 GMT
Tomt24: I guess it depends on the type of birch.
Aug 7, 2020 3:18:00 GMT
lebleuchevalier: I just catalogued my collection. I have 37 bladed objects. I need to unload about 16 items to downsize. Might have a sale soon, although I only expect 7 items to actually sell. Everything else is a give away.
Aug 7, 2020 0:38:40 GMT
MOK: Birch IS pretty light. Relatively soft, too, though. Delightful wood to work with, really, I carve spoons out of it all the time.
Aug 7, 2020 0:33:30 GMT
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