The Balaur Arms Type XVIIIc takes its inspiration from some of the famed wide-bladed early 15th century warswords of the Mameluke Arsenal of Alexandria; with our collaboration with swordmaker LK Chen this version of the Type XVIIIc was able to become a lively performance cutting sword. The blade is both wide and stiff, and well-capable of cleanly and decisively slicing tatami and bamboo targets or puncturing to great ability.
The blade is forged from GB 60Si2MnA high carbon alloy spring steel and is well tempered to a 54-55 HRc hardness. The sword has a sharp edge as factory standard from the manufacturer for a smoothly crafted edge that removes the efficiency loss from a secondary bevel for optimal cutting. The shallow hollow ground blade cross section not only reduces weight, but also ensures that there is minimum drag as the blade bites into and passes through its target. The blade has a tapered profile and is intended for efficient cut-and-thrust use – it retains the necessary rigidity for thrusting.
The crossguard and pommel are crafted from stainless steel with a satin polished finish. The crossguard resists loosening because it has an internal wedge-shaped channel that ensured a tight friction fit when mounted onto the blade tang and shoulder. The tang was then hot-peened over the peen-block pommel component to anchor the blade into the hilt and ensure a robust construction. The hardwood grip is crafted from two halves of wood which glued at the seam over the tang and then bound in tight leather. This construction method for the grip ensures that even if the wood were to shrink slightly it would not compromise the tightness of the sword hilt. Swords with friction-fit peens can loosen over time if the wooden grip shrinks and then leaves a gap in that friction-fit for the hilt. The method used for this Italian Longsword removes that possibility by keeping the grip keeping the grip fitting separate from the pommel and guard.
The sword is paired with a tough wooden scabbard which is tightly bound in well-stitched red leather and completed with a stainless steel chape and highly detailed and medieval gothic-styled stainless steel locket.
Please Note: The hue of the leather can range from a burgundy oxblood-like hue to a color that is more like a vibrant red and ranges in between due to manufacturer dye batch variance
Ryan (verified owner) –
Just got this thing in the mail today and it is scary, handles like a hand and a half sword so its plenty nimble for its weight, havnt done any cutting with it yet but I can tell this thing is just a beast, came sharp enough but not quite to my liking, that being said it only took a minute or 2 to get hair popping sharp on a stone, sings like a church bell when you tap it or flick the blade and the hilt is totally secure, good finish for the price point, not a perfect finish but not bad by any stretch, and the scabbard is halfway decent and fits nice and tight and I can’t shake the sword out of the scabbard but it does have some wiggle towards the tip, overall for the price point you can’t beat this thing
rockmodenick (verified owner) –
Lovely balance and good clean lines!
When I saw the different manufacturer, higher price tag, and different materials, I figured this item might be a bit different from my previous Balaur purchases. Those were overall positive, with certain aesthetic criticisms that limited how highly I could rate them.
While the bevel grinds, especially near the tip on one side, aren’t technically perfect, they’re so close I noticed even slight imperfection. And that’s all it is – SLIGHT imperfection. The blade bevels go directly down to the cutting edge, too, which seems very keen. I’ll update this review with actual cutting performance once my next batch of tatami comes in.
The guard, grip, pommel and peen are all excellent. The inset in the pommel is almost exactly the size of a quarter, in case someone wants to put a crest or heraldry there. The scabbard is the best I’ve ever received for a Balaur, and they were all very good so that’s saying something.
Moving the sword around feels excellent – I can one hand it without too much strain, and it moves like a dream in two. It’s freaking BIG. This thing is long and husky, yet also especially pointy. I feel that a sword with this design will probably delight a lot of people that normally go for fantasy designs, as it almost has that aesthetic, while being a practical and effective weapon.
Can’t wait to cut some mats with this.
Ray Blundell (verified owner) –
I recevied mine-alaxendria sword today ,I ordered the munitions grade.The pronal is slightly atpered towardes the top the peened is dond goodwasn’t rough the peened part on top of the promal has got some marks but over all lools good.The wrape on the handle has couple of places where the leather showes the inside of the leather , on the riser in the middle of the two in middle of the handle there is little lip of the leather where is meants.Over the leather wrap is done very well, again these are things I have seen on standard grade modles,Length of the handle is7&1/4″,also the handle tapers towardes the top.The guard is 9&7/8″ and don very well.The weight of the sword out of the scabble is 3.8oz, the pob is 3&1/2″ from the guard.The blade is turned just a fraction in the guard-gap where blade fites in the guard is good,little space there but not bad.The blade came sharp like the other l k ghen blades,When I cut some water bottles today it cut very well alouth with any sword one has to get the edge alightment right through the cut.The blade does have some slight twists in th blade but you have to really look for them.On mine the tip was sharp,not like the one in the only review I could find,the alexandra sworh he used in the review he sd that the tip about an inch and half wasn’t sharp.On my scabble one side the wood was seperated little form edge of the scabble ,but already took care of that.You have to be carfull when taking the sword in and out of the scabbard due to the metal on the sides of the pice that fites over the top of the scabbled.Again I say the handle wrap on the six balaur arms swords are as good as I have seen on any of the other brands of medieval swords out there.Also the weight,the balance,the handlling,the over all constrution on them is the best over all I have seen on any other brand especialy at this prices.I will admit the ronin katana euperion swords I own are very tough,But in the sharpness,and handling,and over looks I feel the belaur arms swords are a better deal-in comparison to just one other brand,That why I all ready own six of them.Last but not least the distill taper on mine is from 6&1/4 mm to 2mm,I rather like the thinner blades.This 15th century type xvIII Alexandria sword is a unique sword and a must have for any serious medival sword collector.Cult of athena and fedx did a good job getting this sword to me.Rember only cut water bottles,mats and bamboo,safe cutting Ray Blundell
Ray Blundell (verified owner) –
Up date on cutting single mats,cuts fantastic! Ray Blundell