“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 Angelo Broadsword is available in limited runs for £400. Contact us to find out when the next production run is and reserve your place.
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.
Want to get your hands on an Angelo? Contact us to book a slot on the next production run!