Windlass Blade Lengths

by Kevin
(Kansas City)

QUESTION: In your reviews of windlass swords, you say that the longer blades are too whippy, but their one-handed swords are ok. At what length do they begin to get whippy? And does this only apply to double-edged swords, or just straight ones?


Thank you you for your time. Best regards,

--Kevin

ANSWER: Hi Kevin,

It is a bit of a broad sweeping generalization. Unfortunately though, at least 9 times out of 10 it is 100% correct...

I've never exactly quantified where the tipping point is. Anything up to around 32-33" is generally quite solid. There are exceptions, but this seems to be where their best work lies within. Beyond this point - problems start to arise. And indeed, it seems that anything that is hand and a half or longer is patently ridiculous...

And it seems to apply to ALL their swords based on length.

Hope this helps.

- Paul

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