“One. Five. Three. Four. Six. Two.”
The sergeant barks his orders down the line as blades whorl and return in unison.
Ten days, they said. Ten lessons to make a solider of you. You can’t say you feel much different to when you started, but tomorrow you’ll be off to fight all the same. Grimly, you wonder whether it matters much. You’ll die a soldier’s death either way.
Consumed by gloom, you barely notice the chanted numbers as they fade into rhythm. You look on as if abstracted, your body leading the way. Steel meets steel in synchronicity before snapping back to safety, speed increasing to match your master’s calls. You catch your opponent’s eye and see him grinning in disbelief as the commands come faster and faster.
Despite everything, sweat streaming down your face, you find yourself smiling back as you lean into another lunge.
The Angelo Broadsword was our first standard model, created in conjunction with Heiko Große of the Cateran Society. Heiko’s priorities were balance and sturdiness, and as such we created a simple basket with maximum coverage, based on extant originals from the 1750s-1770s.
With an “arsenal” aesthetic and hardiness to match, the hardened steel basket offers solid plate protection to the front, with durable bars to the rear. The blade takes its inspiration from regimental swords: light, quick and simple. This combination makes it a trustworthy partner for new practitioners and dedicated disciples of Highland broadsword.
While the Angelo enjoyed two years of production runs, we have since dropped it from our line as part of our endeavour to refocus on one-of-a-kind pieces.
The hardened steel basket is oil blackened to a matte finish, and the hardwood grip is wrapped in brown linen twine. A leather spacer sits between the pommel and basket, reducing stress on the tang. A matching spacer dampens vibration between the basket and the blade.
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