I want a tough sword.

by Joseph
(Warrior, Al, usa)

I have a few battle ready swords and while I enjoy them I'm afraid of a break or scratch. I'm aware of what authenticity in a sword means but it's not what I want in my next purchase. I wand a tough sword. Point of balance, weight,holding an edge or historic accuracy don't matter to me. I want the sword to be a crowbar of a sword. The blade should be so thick that is absolutely rigid. I want a tang that won't snap except under unreasonable circumstance. Any suggestions?

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Some recommendations
by: Paul

No sword is indestructible, but there are several brands on the market that specialize in making swords that are designed primarily with durability in mind..

First off though, a general recommendation - especially if you are budget conscious - is for a thick bladed, properly tempered sword made from 1060, 9260 or 5160 spring steel..

Click here for our full article on Sword Steels

As you may notice, all of these steels have xx60 in their description - this is the carbon content (.60%) and swords made with this level of carbon content tend to have the best compromise between hardness and strength - meaning they make the best "beaters" (Cold Steels 1055 carbon steel swords are also pretty much the same, only .05% difference in carbon content).

As a sword is only as strong as its weakest point, you need to ensure it does indeed have a well mounted handle and this is where a lot of sword makers fall down.

Now you did not mention what TYPE of sword you were interested in, i.e. medieval, Chinese, Japanese, etc - so I will try to cover all the bases..

The first brand that comes to mind, and are often described as "handles like a crowbar, cuts like a lightsaber" are any of the swords by Cold Steel - they produce swords from almost every culture and style imaginable, and all have a well deserved reputation for toughness (though the handles do sometimes let them down).

One of my favorites is the Cold Steel Gim Sword - you can read the review here

For medieval swords, Hanwei make some good 5160 Spring Steel swords - and for Japanese swords, well - we have a whole section dedicated to the best Japanese style beaters here.

Hope this helps!

- Paul

Built like a crowbar?
by: Mike M.

If you're looking for an absolute beater sword, I'd recommend taking a look at Starfire Swords. Their products are geared towards Renaissance combat reenactments and stage fighting. Extremely heavy design, solid like a rock. They will even void the warranty on their blades if the owner sharpens them, as they are not designed for cutting.

Looks like their website is down, but check them out on Facebook.

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