“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 is 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.
We are able to adjust the blade length of the Angelo between 30″ and 34″ at no extra cost. We’re also happy to discuss further adjustments to the specs and style of the blade, though these may incur an additional cost.
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.
Each sword comes with a thick brown felt liner as standard. This can be substituted for a leather liner in a colour of your choice for an extra £30. Please let us know upon ordering if this is your preference.
The Angelo Broadsword is available in limited runs for £400. Contact us to find out when the next production run is and reserve your place.
While the basic blade length is 34″, we do offer the opportunity to choose a custom blade length between 30″-34″ at no extra cost. Please note, all other blade specs will remain standard.
We also offer the Angelo blade and basket separately, should you wish to build your own broadsword.
We will provide tang specs with each basket, so you can make a blade to fit. We cannot make Angelo hilts to fit custom blade specifications – if this is what you’re looking for, please contact us with a custom order.
Chris is able to fit an Angelo blade or basket to an existing piece, provided you pay for shipping both ways. Prices for this service start at £50, on top of the cost of the blade or basket.
We’re happy to take larger scale orders for the Angelo Broadsword, so your school can train with weapons made to the same exacting standards. If you’re interested in making a school order, please contact us to enquire about the next available production dates.
To facilitate bulk orders, we will ask that one instructor or group member acts as a liaison for the club, collecting all the necessary information for us and providing an address to which the swords can be sent en masse. This saves time, postage costs, and any confusion that might arise from messaging each interested club member individually.
Want to get your hands on an Angelo? Contact us to book a slot on the next production run!