I finally decided to show my sword and knife collection. I’ve gain a good deal of experience with these weapons and I thought this could be a good opportunity to offer some commentaries on each one of them. If you are a sword enthusiast, I’m sure you will enjoy this. I want to present them chronologically in the order I acquired them and to start with the swords: The sword on the bottom left is the cold steel gladius machete. When I started practicing HEMA I decided to purchase a sword that was dirt cheap, work with it for a while and see if I really enjoyed this sport. This sword cost me around 30$, which is extraordinary cheap for a sword. The blade doesn’t have a distal taper. However the blade is very thin which makes it very light and oddly enough the point of balance is very close to the guard, which makes it very nimble. Another advantage to a thin blade is the blade geometry which allows the blade to be very sharp. The downsides are that the metal is cheap and rust easily (so you need to oil it regularly). The point will often bend when you trust the sword into an object, but by shaving a bit of the tip you can reduce the bending a bit. Also the hilt is very uncomfortable. It is a form of ruffed-up hard polymer that feels like sand paper if you practice for hours. Overall I’m quite satisfied of this purchased and I would recommend it to everyone who wants to start practicing HEMA and are not sure if they will like it. My second sword was the polyethylene long sword you see at the top. Unfortunately I have nothing good to say about that sword. It is pure garbage. The balance is completely off which might end up hurting your wrists and it is way too long to swing in my apartment. If they bothered making a distal taper it might have helped with the balance of the sword, but the manufacturer clearly didn’t give a fuck. However, this sword thought me one thing about European 2 handed swords: The hilt is too short. Having both hands so close together doesn’t give you much of a mechanical advantage. My third sword is the wooden katana right underneath the cursed 2 hander. I have always had a fondness to traditional Japanese culture; especially to the samurai. A katana is more than a sword: it is a piece of art and the embodiment of the soul of the samurai. Before buying a real katana, I thought it would be wise to practice with a wooden katana. The fact that the katana is made out of wood instead of a polymer makes it much lighter and easier to wield. The proportions of the sword are surprisingly accurate and it is a good way to learn the basics of kenjutsu without hurting yourself. My fourth sword was the Ronin Katana from Kult of Athena. This sword is an absolute pleasure to handle. When you look at a Katana in the hands of Japanese, it seems to be a very large sword and Hollywood made us believe that a Katana is heavy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The average height of a Japanese man is around 4’8’’. The average height of a North American white man is around 5’10’’. So a katana seems quite smaller in the hands of a white man. Also the sword is surprisingly light; around 2 lbs; which makes it very easy to wield. The thing that surprised me the most is how balanced the katana is. Although this sword is a chopper, the point of balance is not too far from the hilt, which makes it quite nimble. One of the biggest advantages of the katana is the size of the hilt. The distance between the hands allows you to have a huge mechanical advantage. Also, this is considered a medium sword because the blade is about 2 inches longer than a gladius. Although it is shorter than most swords, it wouldn’t be my 1st choice for a zombie apocalypse because space is quite limited in urban areas and if you are unable to swing your sword it becomes useless. The downsides of this Katana are that the blade doesn’t have a high enough percentage of carbon, so it doesn’t hold its edge very long. Also, the manufacturer used cheap wood to make the scabbard so it is gradually falling apart. I paid about 200$ for this Katana so I wasn’t expecting the top of the line. The 2 other swords I bought together: The sword that is under the Katana is the Devil’s edge Kopis. This sword is a BEAST! It is a modern version of the greek kopis. As we all know the Spartans and the Macedonians used the kopis and they didn’t fool around. A sword that is curved forward gives you a huge mechanical advantage. This is an impressive cutter. The thickness of the blade makes it virtually unbreakable (I’m sure you could cut down a tree with that thing). The point of balance is far from the guard which increases the strength of the swing but this sword is not nimble at all. The way you trust this sword is similar to punching. It takes some taking used to. When you hold this sword in your hand, you feel like you could cut through an entire room of mother-fornicators with no effort at all. If shit hits the fan and things get real, this is the sword I’ll be reaching for. It is strong, terrifyingly effective, tuff and short at the same time. The kopis is literally the best sword design made in history. The sword under the kopis is the Celtic sword from Kult of Athena. This is a replica of Celtic swords that were influenced by the Roman invasion. It is quite similar to the Roman Spatha. I would give this sword a C+. The blade is thick, long and the leaf shape makes it a good cutter. However, the blade has no distal taper so the balance is way off, which hurts the wrist, and the poor blade geometry reduces the sharpness of the blade to a point I find unacceptable. The hilt is made of a varnished wood that is slippery in the hand, which can lead to disaster. I strongly suggest wearing leather gloves when using this sword. But the worst aspect of this sword is the sheath. There is nothing on the sheath that allows you to attach it to a belt. This makes this sword a monumental pain in the ass to carry around. Kult of Athena needs to fire the guy that designed this piece of shit. Now for the knives: My first survival knife was the Bear Gryll’s knife from Gerber. This is THE best knife I’ve ever purchased. So much thought process went into making this knife: The handle is covered with a rubbery material that gives you an incredible grip. The hilt is also very ergonomic and comfortable. The blade is separated in 2 sections: a regular blade section and a serrated section. This allows you to cut different materials efficiently. The blade and handle are also one piece, which makes it very solid. There are even holes that allow you to turn the knife into a spear and the handle is meant to be used as a hammer if needed. The scabbard has 2 locking mechanisms to secure the knife and it opens up to a sharpening stone. The scabbard also has a firestone and a whistle. The scabbard also allows you to attach it to a belt or upside down on a survival vest or bag. The knife and scabbard are colored in gray and orange which makes it easier to find if you dropped it in the woods. There is only 2 downsides to this knife: Although the blade is covered with carbon to make it water resistant, it is not a good metal and it cannot withstand too much punishment. Also, the firestone has a tendency to fall off the scabbard. This would have been easy to fix with a screwing mechanism. For 20$, this knife is worth every penny. The second knife is my bowie knife. What can I say? Me loves bowie knives. I bought this knife at an army surplus for basically nothing. The blade is a bit long but it is a good blade. However I suspect that it is made out of stainless steel, which is a bad thing. Stainless steel doesn’t require maintenance but it has a tendency to break instead of bending. A blade that breaks is extremely dangerous. Also, I have huge hands and the handle is too small for me. Above the Bear Gryll knife is the schrade. I bought this knife because I was impressed by a review Skallagrim did. This knife is a tank. The thickness of this knife is insane. But the blade geometry is terrible. The sharpness of this knife is garbage. Also the handle is too fat and impractical. If there is a zombie apocalypse and someone I don’t like begs for a knife, I’ll give him this piece of crap. The last knife of my collection is a Gerber folding knife. To be honest, I did not need this knife, but when I saw it I thought it was so cute, I had to have one. Gerber makes good knifes. The mechanism is impeccable, the blade is sharp, the handle is rubbery and ergonomic. What is not to like. The only downside I could find is that it is so pretty you are reluctant to use it by fear of scratching it and a tool you avoid using is a useless tool. I hope you enjoyed my collection Cheers Gato villano

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