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. 😛 :
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]