I purchased this sword some years ago when I was looking for a decently made and generally accurate Celtic/Gallic sword to display with my accurate Roman swords made by Matt Lukes. There are plenty of artists who make such swords, but I wanted to keep it under 500 USD and not wait years for delivery. The steel is typical Del Tin mystery steel which is very good and does not rust, and is not stainless steel. I like everything about this sword and as a sword priced between entry level mass market Celtic swords and true custom this one cannot be beaten. As with most of their ancient swords the problem is finding one online. Before Covid you could order one direct from D-T, but the waits were pretty long.
For some having the exact type of metal in the blade that the original had is important, for others they want a sword to look authentic but have the best modern steel available in the blade, and for me everything from the guard down is most important since I am not actually using my swords to fight with and the hilt visuals are critical to me being happy with my sword.
How does a sword manufacturer get away with not divulging what their blades are made of? Nobody asks?
There's a difference between not publishing it and not divulging it. I'm not aware that Del Tin has ever published the blade steel they use, but many of their resellers--Museum Replicas is an obvious example--have, so Del Tin has clearly been willing to divulge it. Del Tin is probably the oldest maker of good-quality reproductions, and as the company has remained in a single family it can probably rely on its reputation for the vast bulk of questions about its products' quality. For decades Del Tin was the go-to supplier for stage and film combat swords, and their products reliably survived abuse that would horrify most people here. Also keep in mind that you, and the rest of the participants on this site, are likely to be pickier than at least ninety-five percent of the market, including many people who regularly use their swords. As has repeatedly been said in the various subfora, good heat treatment and good quality control are far more important than the steel's chemical composition.
You are absolutely correct. Albion started as a Del Tin reseller, and also had a selection of Del Tin blades that Albion mounted in house differently than Del Tin's stock models. I think that was during the first year or two of their existence, before Albion introduced what is now known as their First Generation line of swords.
Thanks Mark I knew I had remembered that bit of info from collecting all these years :) so Del tin is a great company to get swords from, if you like a model they have don't hesitate to grab it! You'll be happy with the purchase.
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