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Classification for blunt practical swords

Classification for blunt practical swords

Information on our battle ready blades

Combat re-enactment, arranged battles with swords and other blades are becoming more and more popular.
We offer a wide range of various battle ready blades from different manufacturers and brands. Depending on the manufacturer there occasionally can be big differences in the production method, the used materials, the quality and of course the price. It is often very difficult to recognise the one or other advantage of a blade and to rate it accordingly. All battle ready blades have in common that they are blunt and have a rounded tip. To enable a better comparison we have decided to classify the battle ready swords that we distribute into three categories. 


AstorVersand/AstorDispatch blade classification for blunt practical swords

The first category SK-A stands for the best blades. The blades are made from high-quality steels, are perfectly balanced and carefully hardened to a high hardness. The swords are suited for professionals who perform on a regular basis and value good quality.

-    Hardness of the blade: min. 50 HRC.
-    The material of the blade reaches up through the grip and is either riveted or screw fastened at the pommel (screw fastening if blades can be replaced, e.g. 'Tinker' swords).
-    Lightweight and easy to handle with a well balanced centre of gravity.
-    Blunt, mostly rounded edges and tip.
-    Poss. warranty on material defects beyond the legal time limit.

Swords belonging to the second category SK-B are also made from high-quality steels, however they are not as hard as category A swords and during a fight with a harder blade notches can occur a lot easier. They are fairly well balanced but might weigh a few grams more. They are the ideal blades for the ambitious beginner as well as for the advanced swordsman.

-    Hardness of the blade: min. 48 HRC.
-    The material of the blade reaches up through the grip and is either riveted or screw fastened at the pommel.
-    Blunt, also mostly rounded edge and rounded tip.
-    Lightweight and easy to handle with a well balanced centre of gravity.
-    No warranty.

The third category SK-C offers re-enactment novices an affordable but still safe opportunity to own their own battle ready sword and perform first, basic exercises. The swords are ideal for anyone who would like to own a battle ready sword, but does not use it that often, e.g. for archers. The blades aren't particularly hard and during fights with a harder blade notches can occur.

-    Hardness of the blade: less than 48 HRC.
-    The material of the blade reaches up through the grip and is either riveted or screw fastened at the pommel.
-    Blunt edge and rounded tip.
-    Can be heavy and not ideally balanced.
-    No warranty.

Information on warranty:

Of course our battle ready weapons are also subject to the legal warranty of two years. It is to be considered that the obligation to prove defects (e.g. material faults),
which already existed at the date of purchase and weren't claimed within 6 months, lies with the customer. Therefore complaints after 6 months are difficult and unfortunate for both parties. 
Needless to say a battle ready sword is an item subject to wear and tear. Even the best and most expensive sword will be jagged after intense usage, the cross guard can become wobbly and the grip loose. That is normal, as strong forces act on the material. Even with these blades the unlikely event might occur that they brake, if they have been weakened by a number of possibly deep notches. These are usually not a valid reason for complaint, but normal signs of usage. A battle ready sword, as good as it may be, will not look like new after use.