The 10th Century Viking Sword made by Del Tin of Italy is a good example of a historical replica of a transitional Oakeshott Type X sword. In this short but straight to the point hands on review we take a closer look at both type X swords and this particular replica to see if it is worth your hard earned money..
Review by SBG forum retired moderator, William Swiger
I bought this sword here at Kult of Athena a couple years ago.
Type X: Oakeshott describes the Type X as: "A broad, flat blade
of medium length (average 31") with a fuller running the entire length
and fading out an inch or so from the point, which is sometimes acute
but more often rounded. This fuller is generally very wide and shallow,
but in some cases may be narrower (about 1/3 of the blade's width) and
more clearly defined; a short grip, of the same average length (3 3/4")
as the Viking swords. The tang is usually very flat and broad, tapering
sharply towards the pommel. The cross is narrower and longer than the
more usual Viking kind--though the Vikings used it, calling it
"Gaddjhalt" (spike-hilt) because of its spike-like shape. Generally of
square section, about 7" to 8" long, tapering towards the tips. In rare
cases curved. The pommel is commonly of one of the Brazil-nut forms, but
may be of disk form."
Type X features a blade that is broad and
massive at the base and features a moderate taper towards the point.
Sometimes the point may be of a rounded or slightly more acute profile.
This type of point would have been fairly effective when used against the lightly armored warriors of the Viking and early Middle Ages. Regardless of the point's profile, the Type X is definitely a sword oriented towards the cut. The blade typically features a lenticular cross-section that is very flat and relatively thin.
Its breadth is countered by the use of a fuller that is typically broad and runs nearly the entire length of the blade. The end result is a blade that is massive in proportion yet lively in its handling characteristics. The Type X would have been capable of large shearing cuts that would have provided a decisive conclusion to any encounter. Against the mail clad warriors of its day, the Type X would have given good service.
This is one of my favorite Del Tin Viking swords. It handles really
well. It is not a light sword but does not feel heavy in hand. The
grip is a good length and the pommel and guard are very comfortable on
Del Tin did a good job with this sword. It is a powerful sword but not overbearing. The fit and finish are excellent. The hilt is nice and tight and has remained so for as long as I've owned the sword.
I like the rich brown color of the grip combined with the gun metal gray furniture. It looks great. I would definitely recommend this sword for the price.
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