- Full length: 950 mm (~ 37 1/2'')
- Blade length: 770 mm (~ 30 1/3'')
- Grip length: 145 mm (~ 5 3/4'')
- Blade width at the cross-guard: 32 mm (~ 1 1/4'')
- Blade width at the end: 22 mm (~ 7/8'' )
- Center of balance: 90 mm from the cross-guard (~ 3 1/2'')
- Curvature: 20 mm (~ 6/8'')
- Thickness at the cross-guard: 2 mm (~ 1/16'')
- Tip thickness: 1 mm (~ 1/32'')
- Weight: 1175 g (2.6 lbs)
- Blade flexibility: 20 mm (~ 6/8”) with 170 g (~ 6 oz) sinker
- Blade — steel 65G (US 1566, G15660, Germany 66Mn4, Ck67)
- Cross-guard and pommel — steel 40A (US 1040, G10400, Germany C40, Ck40)
- Grip — leather
The Swift is a versatile, maneuverable and extremely comfortable sparring weapon. A wonderful beveled grip unique to these sabers provides reliable control of the blade, allowing for an effortless cutting action and thrusting executed with the ease of western swords. With the Swift in your hand, you can create a flurry of steel no opponent can withstand.
The Swift is a great choice for both experienced and beginner sword fighters, as a training or a tournament weapon. If you are a collector, Swift will be a wonderful and extraordinary addition to your collection.
Are you engaged in medieval reenactment? The Slavic fighting style is unique, and the Swift will help you make an undoubtedly unforgettable impression as a traditional warrior whilst maintaining historical integrity.
Areas of use:
- WMA / HEMA
- SCA / Cut & Thrust
- Battle of the Nations
A small dive into history:
Introduced in Europe in IX century by Magyar and Turkish warriors, sabers continued to evolve in South-Eastern Europe. The word “saber” comes from Hungarian “szabla”. This example represents a relatively early stage of this great weapon’s evolution. However, at this stage the saber was a highly maneuverable weapon well suited both for horseback and foot combat.
Despite the fact that the main purpose of sabers is to slash and cut, this particular sword also copes very well with thrusting. This means that some sword fighting techniques used for straight medieval swords can easily be applied with this saber.
The Swift corresponds to archaeological findings dated X-XI centuries. The moderately curved blade indicates the Hungarian origins of this sword, which was adopted and creatively reinterpreted by South-West Slavic tribes. The cross-guard is shorter compared to typical Hungarian sabers and is completely symmetrical - at that point in history we can already observe the development of asymmetrical cross-guards in Hungarian sabers and curving of the true-edge side of the cross-guard toward the grip. The handle still has a very mild reverse curvature, and near the pommel the curvature increases, denoting one of the future evolutions of the slavic sabre.
Later in XIV and XV centuries Slavic sabers were divided in two distinctive types: curved sabers derived from Mongolian types and swords with more straight blades, almost like the presented example but with the point of balance drastically shifted forward.
Sabers were popular in XIV and XV centuries in the Don river areas, and in XVI century they became a specialty weapon of the famous Cossacks. However, such blades still had balance point at 3 ¾ inches from the guard which is a sign of the relatively early stage of the evolution and makes this saber really comfortable for the unmounted sword fight.