The difference between our swords and decorative wall hangers

With the advance of technology over 100 years ago, swords became quaint curiosities. Modern copies were no longer required to actually function. With no battlefield feedback from real warriors, manufacturers lost touch with how to make fully functioning swords. The emphasis switched to appearance, and here also the manufacturers departed from history and added flourishes with no real historical basis to jazz up the looks of the swords. At Irongate Armory we swim against the tide and offer only swords that are just as functional as the originals. Our customers appreciate that our swords look like the originals, feel like the originals, flex and balance like the originals, and finally, can actually cut like the originals! You get a strong sense of awe and respect for the power of these weapons that no cosmetic “wall hanger” sword can generate.

Most important differences:

Many of our competitor’s swords are simply too heavy. The most common first reaction to our swords is surprise at how light they are. Think about it. Warriors used these all day long in battle, and quickness saved lives - their swords could not be heavy. Swords were made as light as was possible.

Many of our competitors' swords have tangs that are too small, which means they can break easily. Most have poor balance and would have been rejected by history's real warriors. The tang can also be welded as an extension to the blade when in our swords the tang is always hand forged part of the swords blade. The tang is under a lot of stress in combat and it is one of the most important parts of a sword regarding durability.

Most cheap swords have blades with poor heat treating, which hurts flexibility. In fact, many of our competitors' blades have no flexibility at all, and once bent, will stay that way. To check a sword's flexibility, simply bend it out of line 7cm (3"), and see how well it returns to true. When hardening a sword it is important to find the right composition of rigidness and flexibility. The sword needs a hard surface for the cutting edge and a softer heart for flexibility and durability. Utilising modern metallurgy we can offer swords that are correctly hardened and heat treated every time; something that relied solely on the smiths experience, luck and superstitions during medieval times.

Making swords historically accurate and functional takes more research, extra steps in manufacture, more hand labor, better materials plus more quality control and testing than the manufacture of decorative wall hanger swords. Luckily all this effort is shown in good result and good functional swords.

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