Corinthian Steel: Much better than Corinthian leather…

OK so this is probably not a fair comparison, since the original “soft Corinthian Leather” touted by Ricardo Montalban in the 70’s Chrysler ads were not actually made in Corinth, Greece, but New Jersey. But that’s not the point. The point is… at the tip of this unique Corinthian sword design… OK, ok, so that was a bad pun. Sue me.  😛  :

Corinthian War Sword

Corinthian War Sword
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Now this is a cool war sword. And I’m not just saying that. This design has a few unique features that make it stand out from the rest of the crowd. while I like the shape fo the blade, with it’s relatively straight lines and very strong point design, all of the design magic starts at the hilt, or more specifically, the ricasso.

This sword, similar to one I blogged about recently, also sports an encased ricasso design. The ricasso surround possesses contours that are very reminiscent of a corinthian helmet. This shell continues into the curved claw like guards lat look as if they are riveted in place on either side of the ricasso, for a very interesting effect. If you look at it just right, it looks like the ricasso and guard combine to form a horned Corinthian helm! Or it could just be my imagination…

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The guard tops a wood grip, with a single steel ring set at it’s middle, and is capped with an equally unique pommel. But perhaps the most interesting design feature of this sword is the steel strip that runs the length of the hilt, which seems to have been riveted in place, from just above the ricasso, through the guard, again to the ring at the center of the grip, and finally down to the pommel. A very interesting design feature indeed.

While that steel strip looks cool, I can’t help but wonder how it would affect the feel of the weapon, were it to be used in combat. It doesn’t look like it is actually riveted to the grip, just to the steel rings, but still, wood grips are there for a reason. Handling heavy steel weapons without the benefit of a slightly softer grip material is murder on the hands. Trust me. I’ve tried it. And it’s not fun. Every impact gets transmitted directly to your fingers. And the way that steel strip is attached, I can totally see it completely obliviating the impact absorption abilities of the wood grip.

But then again, as usual, I’m being a dweeb, and attempting to evaluate a display sword on the merits of it’s combat practicality. Just ignore me. It’s a cool sword, and I love it’s aesthetics. Even if I’d never go into battle with this particular sword… 😛

Corinthian War Sword – [Heavenly Swords]


8 Responses to “Corinthian Steel: Much better than Corinthian leather…”

  1. 1 ladyofspiders
    January 20, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Though it is a cool sword, it takes all the fun away if you can never go to battle with it. Despite the unlikelyhood of such ever occuring I always harbor seceret hopes of somehow finding myself in a posistion where I might engage in some form of midevail combat.

  2. January 20, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Yeah, nowadays, the chances of ever having to go into battle with medieval weapons are really, really slim… LOL

    However I’ve heard that there are occasionally medieval fairs where they do medieval weapons fighting, and training. They start you off with foam and wood weapons and eventually graduate you to real weapons…

  3. January 21, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Come on…we all know that one of these days the power will go out and not come back on. Test have shown that it only takes about two weeks for people to start killing each other for food and supplies. Swords never run out of bullets..we may have our chance yet…should the downfall of society ever happen 🙂

    By the way…what sword would you choose to carry if you had to choose one?

  4. January 21, 2008 at 2:46 am

    LOL What? I only get to choose one sword? Come on man!! What kind of apocalypse limits a man to one sword?!? Pffft…!

    Ok, ok. If there were no more firearms/ammo left in the world, (a-la the movie “Omega Doom”), and I had to pick any one sword today, to rely on for survival against post apocalyptic foes, it would probably be a Samurai Katana from the Bugei Trading Company (see the link to their site to the left). Assuming I had enough advance warning to buy one.

    If it had to be one sword from my own collection, it would be one of my own cheaper, but battle ready, Katanas. If I were going to be doing a lot of foot only travel, it might be one of my ninjaken or shikomizue, simply for versatility and stealth and/or lightness and speed.

    Sadly, while the blades I’ve blogged about all look good, very few would actually hack it as a daily use battle sword. Off the top of my head I remember one practical looking war sword, and definitely the Musashi Ninja sword, in particular, that might make good battlefield weapons in a pinch, but the rest are all suspect. That’s the only problem with cool swords. Most of them are prima donnas. All show, no go…

    Now, of course if there was a real life apocalypse and there were no more firearms, I’d be toting crossbows (bolts can be made of a lot of different things) 🙂 backed up by couple of swords, and a couple dozen knives of different types… 😛

    You know, this might make for a good post topic… 😀

  5. 5 ladyofspiders
    January 22, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Hehe, I would be armed to the teeth, you better belive it. And with the downfall of society, I would no longer have to be impeded by my fiances for what I owned. I would have pick of the litter and I would go to town.

    And I would not limit myself to just swords either.

  6. 6 Niccolo
    April 27, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I would definitely go after short swords, preferably ones with slightly longer handles, a la Serenity/Firefly.

    Mind you… if this thing is as long as it looks (is it dual-handed? I can’t tell) then unlimbering a behemoth from your back would scare off most anyone else anyway.

  7. April 29, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Yeah, this thing is like 47+inches long… A behemoth all right… though i’m willing to bet that in a post apocalyptic world, there would probably be a lot of folks walking around with swords… Probably not as many as you or I, but still…

  8. 8 Birsey
    December 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Hi folks,

    Like the blog some nice pointy things here. Couple of things.

    This is a complete rip off of an actual sword hand forged by American Bladesmith society master blade smith “Don Fogg” .

    Link to the Don Fogg sword.


    Interestingly enough looking at most of the blades shown here are I am sorry to say “Very Cool Looking” but essentially wall hangers, allthough 2′ of wall hanger sticking out your gut would still leave a mark! I used to think “Oh cool, Oh pointy” but as I read and looked deeper into the skills needed to produce a blade which is serviceable and would last a lifetime I learned there is more to it than bling. If anything a decent blade left uncared for will rust, its a fact, you can’t get away from it. Now some more modern steels such as D2 (you can buy a kershaw knife with D2 – Junkyard Dog – look on Amazon – the Kershaw D2 Leak is also nice) rust slowly. But they do rust.

    Please take a look at the following sites.

    Don Fogg http://www.dfoggknives.com

    Jake Powling http://powning.com/jake/

    These guys are proper artists.

    The following youtube video is also pretty cool….. Should you like an axe.

    Also a new take on a cross bow, only recently knew these existed.

    Hope this wasn’t insulting – Hope it actually opened up a new world of coolness.

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