The Del Tin Falchion is a historically accurate replica of this mean battlefield weapon that was commonly encountered in the hands of conscripted peasant soldiers during the medieval period in Europe.
In this hands on review we take a look at what you get for your money, from a collector who was looking just to purchase ONE good sword - and they hoped this would be it.
Let's see how it turned out for him.
Review by SBG member Vyuun
Hey all! This is my first sword review, and based on my sword budget,
also probably my last. Prior to this purchase, I've collected mostly
cheap stainless steel blades made in China that I purchased off ebay.
Nothing high quality, just a few swords and knives that looked cool.
However, I had been craving to acquire something more authentic and
better made than the Chinese knockoffs. I've always loved falchions in
various games (D&D and Dark Souls fans may know why), so I decided
that's what I'd get. Thanks to the help of some people on this forum, I
found one that fit my tastes.
Against my bank account's better judgement, I splurged and purchased Kult of Athena's Del Tin 13th Century Falchion. It just arrived in the mail today. I haven't done any cutting tests yet (it's difficult to do in downtown Cleveland), but I thought I'd review the sword itself.
The extent of my historical knowledge of this sword comes from the "Falchion" wikipedia page:
"A falchion (/ˈfɔːltʃən/; Old French:
fauchon; Latin: falx, "sickle") is a one-handed, single-edged sword of
European origin, whose design is reminiscent of the Persian scimitar and
the Chinese dao. The weapon combined the weight and power of an axe
with the versatility of a sword. Falchions are found in different forms
from around the 11th century up to and including the sixteenth century.
In some versions the falchion looks rather like the scramasax and later
the sabre, and in some versions the form is irregular or like a machete
with a crossguard." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falchion
This Del Tin model is a modern reproduction
of a cleaver falchion, as opposed to a cusped falchion (think the Grosse
Messer), and as far as I can tell, replicates the examples found on the
wikipedia page well.
Kult of Athena had excellent customer service throughout the purchasing
process. They responded quickly to questions and called me when they
needed clarification on my order. My only complaint regarding the
shipping would be that they never sent me a shipping confirmation email.
I was surprised to see my sword arrive. They did, however, tell me
earlier this week that it would be shipping "in the next couple days."
It just would have been nice to receive confirmation and a tracking
The sword arrived in a long cardboard box and was packaged with crumbled up packing paper. It seemed sufficient.
I paid extra to have the sword battle-ready, and the blade is indeed very sharp. The blade is made of tempered Chrome-Vanadium steel with a hardness of 50HRC. It is smooth and straight with no noticeable nicks or flaws. There is some black discoloration on the unsharpened side, but I assume that's normal. The end of the sword is appropriately wider than the rest of the blade.
The grip is wood with a dark brown leather cord wrap. It doesn't
slide or twist and has no visible holes or cracks. It seems very secure,
though it can be hard to hold tightly if you have sweaty palms.
The guard is small and thick. One of my main concerns with ordering
swords is that the guard will rattle or come loose. I'm happy to report
that the guard on this sword feels very sturdy and well secured.
The blade tang has been peened to the pommel and shows no signs of looseness.
As a 5'7'' male who is not in great shape, this falchion feels rather
heavy when swung. Anyone taller or who lifts weights would probably find
this blade more comfortable though. Still, it is to be expected that a
sword designed to chop like an axe would be heavier than your typical
medieval sword. Until I get stronger, I like to wield the sword with two
Overall, I am very pleased with the falchion. It is made with high quality and there's a sense of power to be felt
when holding such a weighty blade.
If you can afford the $373 price tag, I would highly recommend this sword!
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