This all-iron/steel sword is a bit of a mystery…
If you collect swords, you know the feeling: The thing you just bought could be a priceless unidentified original from 1600, 1800, or 1898. Or it might just be a piece of scrap metal put together by an SCA armorer during the Clinton Administration.
Parsing the meaning of “is” would be too much for this solid, well-balanced bastard sword. Its hilt, including the grip and pommel, are all made from one piece of iron.
My feeling is that this may be a recent production. But I hope it may have been made during the heyday of 19th-century fencing re-construction.
I can dream, can’t I?