This review of Darksword Armories Knights Templar sword is a good example of what this Canadian based sword making company specializes in: seriously tough hand forged medieval beaters!
While their swords are naturally unsharpened, this one was retouched by a knife sharpener...
An as you will see in Jason Woodards review (the good gentleman who first introduced me to this brand and who designed the sleepy Hollow sword for the movie), despite this swords considerable weight - it's well balanced enough to achieve the required velocity to cut a variety of lighter targets and heavy ones alike...
Review by Jason Woodard, USA
On the web site this sword is the model 1340, 12th Century Medieval Sword, also known as the Two Handed Medieval Sword. But for reasons you will soon discover, I like to call it the Templar sword...
Total length, 46.5" with a 36" blade that is 2 wide inches at the base. Weight 4 Lbs 7 oz.. Regular Price $299 US + $35 (though it is available for, more on this shortly)...
Like all of DSA's swords, the Knights Templar sword is made from 1060 high carbon steel and tempered to a Rockwell Hardness factor of 53.
The sword is full tang, oil hardened and hand forged in Canada the old fashioned way - one at a time!!
This sword has quite an in depth history to it. On their website they note that it is:
This is my second sword from Darksword armory. I've been really looking forward to getting my hands on this version of their 'Knights Templar sword'..
The sword arrived at my door in good heavy packing and bubble wrap and came with a good heavy coat of oil to protect the blade. After wiping down the blade, you can really see how attractive this sword truly is!!
The sword is deeply etched across the blade on both sides and reads "MILITARIS TEMPLI" which is Latin for "KNIGHTS TEMPLAR".
The sword also has the Darksword Armory trade mark at the base of the blade "DSA" in a round stamp - like all the swords they make come with.
The handle is wrapped in black leather and very tightly wound.. The fittings of the guard has a high polish and stand out.
The sword also comes with a nice scabbard - done in the same black leather as the hilt, and fits nice and snug in the sheath..
This is a true two handed sword and feels very good in your hands.
It seems to have great balance and flows well with your swings. The balance point is about five inches from the cross guard.
I had my local Knife sharpener put a razor's edge on the blade. He said the swords' steel was of very high quality and the edge should last..
I was really looking forward to testing this bad boy Templar out.
So I set up some fun tests in the back yard... First I started with a pineapple.. My first swing was at the top of the green leaves that stick up... Result - a nice clean cut..
Then I cut it in the middle and I hardly even felt the contact at all!! Another nice clean cut!!
Test 2: A pool noodle, with a fast downward swing the noodle was cut very clean, as you can clearly see from the pictures below..
Test 3: I was able to cut 5 two litre milkjugs filled with water at once. My first cut was a bit off, but the second one nailed it.
Test 4: 5 pumpkins in a row. It was hard to line up the shots, but when I hit them, they cut real good.
What Can I say!??! This is a very nice sword!!
It's heavy and very well made. All the fittings are tight.. Even with out a sharp edge this sword would be ideal for sword practice or fairs.. I may not sharpen the next one I get just for that reason. But this Knights Templar sword is sharp, strong and means business!! A true Templar!!
Thank you all again for your time.
- Jason Woodard
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