It is also a fair assessment of a reputation that has been EARNED, rest assured.
That's your choice. ‘Murica, and all.
Or, do you care to stay a while and listen?
|Faenor Sword ($500+)|
These issues included:
·Scuffs & Dings
|Head to About 8:00 mins|
But like Skallagrim and the others, my main gripe with Darksword fell, and still falls, with something that is ABSOLUTELY VITAL and ESSENTIAL to the soul of the sword. It is something that no sword can be swung without....
I’m talking about THE HANDLE, THE HILT, THE GRIP…WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT.
In recapp, it broke TWICE (just like my DSA claymore did) – meaning the sword was bent at the tang, the wood of the grip was cracked, the “peened” (which means simply screwed on overweight metal piece) pommel was about to fly apart almost on the next swing.
The thing was sickly.
And, for a time, I followed along meekly with the instructions from DSA; sending everything back to Montreal, and called it great customer service.
But after the most recent event, when the Guardian broke for a 2ND time (summer of 2016-ish), I decided to take a stand and stop doing that back and forth, JV mailing bullshit.
Instead, this time around, I opted for a second opinion from this man (mad genius that he is):
The mirror was shattered and I was pissed.
Something had to be done.
Before we jump ahead, this sword arrived, true to their word, on October 24th. In my infinite wisdom, I decided to give myself a nice little gift for Christmas. I decided to wait 2 MONTHS; thinking that if I had the patience, dad could give himself a little something on Christmas that he knew his wife was not going to give him.
Immediately, I could tell that, AGAIN, this steel turd was polished.
Like the previous swords of its ilk that I had received from DSA, it felt solid in some places and totally wobbly in others.
I had specifically asked them to make me a well-made, properly-constructed sword! I gave them simple instructions to follow:
"...receiving a well-made, properly-constructed sword of the same monetary value..."
and this was their “We’re sorry” piece to make amends???
'We at Darksword don’t give a shit that you are dissatisfied. Here is another rotten banana, monkey. Now, fuck off. (paraphrasing)'
I was praying I was wrong.
Once it went to Lonely Wolf, Wes smashed the core of the hilt on the Carpathian in real time as I was chatting with him on FB messenger. I just couldn’t wait to find out if I had a dud (like I suspected) or not.
There wasn't a drop of epoxy on the tang or the handle, Wes told me, and when he smashed it to fix it, it quite literally fell to pieces.
Their company actually TOLD me to stop buying their products. Best advice they have given in our entire relationship.
I suspect I’ll get some sort of angry, shot from-the-hip retort, possibly even a phone call from some squirrely Canuck lawyer.
In fact, they’re just about as likely as me getting 1 of the 6 swords that went out fucked up back when their now-fired employee was grinding down the tangs (their actual excuse when Wes broke my Guardian).
This is what a proper tang should look like:
And, according to the experts who do this shit WELL for a living, the dimensions of a proper tang should be, and I am directly quoting well-respected bladesmith Tom Kinder,
"3/4" to 7/8" is the size of the tang at its fattest; tapering down to half inch for the keyed section inserted into pommel then 1/4" threads to finish and provide compression."
Keyed & Hex Nut Tangs & Pommels:
"a properly keyed tang with a hex nut is acceptably durable. Its not as durable as a hot-peened and keyed tang, but it is a large step in the right direction because the keying removes a lot of the stress. not all but a lot."
Think I am whining?
Check out all the DSA examples as far back as 2009 (Archer's Arming Sword) on the SBG Construction Database .
Talk to people like Jonathan Sarge, Dean Marino, and others on the All Swords Facebook Group who have taken apart legions of these things and seen DSA's "good" work firsthand.
Ask around with people in the sword community who have owned one of these things only to have it essentially DISINTEGRATE in their hands; turning their $500+ into burnt paper.
"Save for An Angus..."
Again, ask around about custom smiths who are building their reputations and businesses and WANT to make you an exceptional sword that you can write home about.
If it is production-level swords and cost-effectiveness you need, get feedback from many experts and collectors alike (they'll probably tell you Hanwei Tinker for Euros and give you insight into the issues with many other specific companies).
Furthermore, ask to see the dimensions of the sword – tang and all before you buy – from the vendor (excellent idea Dean Marino).
The SBG Sword Construction Database has more information about what proper tangs are supposed to look like, and how they are supposed to be held together.
"SEEING THE LIGHT..."
As far as Darksword and I are concerned...
Until they address that there is an issue with the way their Chinese forgers make their sword tangs and FIX THE FUCKING PROBLEM, they can never, in my opinion, be considered swords that are worth my time and treasure.
Swing steel that's worth your hand. God speed.