"Finally ... the I-Beam .. has come back ... to TherionArms!"
The "Atrim I-Beam" training and sparring sword - designed by celebrated swordsmith Angus Trim, formerly replicated by Valiant Armoury, now back in production thanks to Gus Trim's partnership with Kingston Arms. This is a blunt training longsword with a deeply fullered blade that allows for more metal at the edge while keeping the sword lively in the hand. The edges are 3.5mm thick, and the sword is intended for blade on blade sparring. With its extra-wide fuller and thick solid edge, the I-Beam provides the balance and feel of a sharpened long sword. Cord-wraped leather over wood grip, allen-wrench dismountable pommel, and it comes with a leather scabbard with steel fittings. Recommended for Western Martial Artists, HEMA fighters, reenactors, and stage combatants alike!
Flex test note: the original Valiant versions of the I-Beam were quite flexible. The Kingston Arms version is relatively stiff. The "SCA Flex Test" that has become a standard for both SCA and HEMA testing - support and weight down the hilt of the sword on a table, allow the full length of blade to hang in the air, and then place a 6 oz weight near the tip and measure the deflection. For SCA rapier and cut'and'thrust, this flex must equal 1" for rapier or 1/2" for c&t. While every sword in a production run will vary a bit, the average for these Kingston Arms I-Beams is only 3/8" - which means they are not suitable for SCA, but HEMA and HEMA Harnischfechten and HMB/Battle of the Nation and Stage Combat folks are going to like these quite a bit.
Note two: I have been informed that only the first production run of these will include a scabbard; and subsequent runs will not. If you'd like one with a scabbard, please order soon.
blade: 34 3/4"
blade width: 1 5/8" at guard
blade width: 1" at 2" from tip
blade thickness: 5.5mm at guard
blade thickness: 3mm near tip
grip and pommel: 9 5/8"
wrapped grip: 8"
guard: 8 1/4"
balance point: 6 1/2"
weight (sword): 2 lb 14.5 oz
weight (sword and scabbard): 3 lb 9.5 oz