The discontinued DSA Saxon Sword was a unique combination of historical design and artistic license and was available in two varieties one with a leaf shaped wasp waisted blade and wooden handle and the other as a more historical straight blade (though with a distinctly a-historical thrusting tip) with a black leather handle...
In this review by die hard Darksword Armory fan Jason Woodard (the gentleman who originally introduced me to this line) we take a look at the straight bladed version, both from the perspective of how it looks and handles - as well as some heavy testing to ensure it is as durable as the rest of their hand forged blades.
Review by Jason Woodard, USA
This version of DSAs Saxon is made with a leather wrapped handle and a scabbard made of wood, wrapped in matching black leather .
The Specifications on this model are:
Overall length: 37 ½
Blade width: 2 ¼ at base
Blade thickness: 1.8mm
Weight: 3lbs. 10 oz.
While it is quite a heavy sword, the Balance point which is about 4 and ¾ down the blade makes it seem lighter than you would think.
The Physical properties of the blade are, like all Darksword Armory swords; SAE 1060 high carbon steel, tempered and normalized to a Rockwell Hardness of 53.
This Saxon sword from DSA is their newest model.. I`ve really been looking forward to testing it.. One reason this is my first Saxon style sword the other is this will be my first one I have sharpened myself.
After getting the sword from the good old UPS man and unpacking I gave it a good polish and took off the heavy oil protecting it from rust.. I went outside to get a feel for this Saxon.. I swung it a bit, Did some air thrusts and chopping moves..
I`ve got to say, I really like the way it flows. Good balance, good recovery and it just feels right in the hand. I had heard that this design of grip can be a bit uncomfortable and tight. But I didnt find that at all, in fact I really like it so much so that this might just be my new favorite sword!!
The Old gentleman that used to sharpen my swords has retired, so I thought Id try it myself this time. After reading Paul's review of DSA`s Medieval Knight model 1306, I ordered one of those accusharps, put the Saxon In a vice and after about 20 min`s each side it was ready for testing.. I have to say you will feel a certain pride knowing you have sharpened your own sword.. It took a little elbow grease but it was very satisfying..
I had to wait for the weather to get a little better but I got a break and got out and did some testing on the Saxon... I started with cutting a some large jugs filled with water.
VIDEO: Pickle Chipping|
The newly sharpened Saxon sword easily slices this jug into onion rings
As you can see, it cut through just fine and I felt no resistance.
Upping the ante, I was able to cut threw five gallon water bottles with one swing, no problem at all!
VIDEO: Five in One
Barely a challenge
Next up was the five gallon water made from tough impact resistance plastic this was the piercing test..The Saxon went in deep, the blade does get wider down the blade so it did slow a bit and I did not have a great stool that was stable enough for this test..
VIDEO: Thrusting Test|
While historical Saxon swords did not have such a pronounced tip, this demonstration shows why Darksword decided to use a little creative license on their Saxon Sword. Making it more versatile than the historical originals ever were
Now I gave it the old heavy cutting test. I put a lot of power into the swings to try and chop the bottle down.. The Saxon held up well and cut pretty deep..
VIDEO: A very tough target|
Impact resistant water cooler bottles are no easy target and is a sure fire way of destroying a swords fittings and blade if it doesnt have what it takes
My last test was on a seasoned hickory stump.. I gave it four good heavy cuts.The Saxon sank deep into the wood almost three inches..
VIDEO: Testing on A Hickory Stump|
Amazingly deep cuts into some pretty hard wood!
The fittings all stayed tight, nothing came loose. The blade only had some small cosmetic scratch marks from the big jug and the stump that were easily buffed out but no damage.
This is a very nice sword. My fave right now.. Its tough and handles well and truly a great deal for a handmade fully battle really sword!!! Yup, another winner from Darksword-Armory!
Definitely the best buy for the toughest Saxon on the market.. Thanks once again for your time.
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