Cold Steel 88ARM Man at Arms Arming Sword 28" Blued 1090 Double Edged Blade, Black Leather Handle


MSRP* : $369.99 | You Save* : $163.04 (44%)
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CS88ARM: 88ARM Man at Arms Arming Sword
Cold Steel
The Arming Sword takes its inspiration from the side arm of choice for many of histories foot soldiers and journeyman warriors. Smaller and more agile than many of the heavier swords on the battlefield, this double edged blade was light enough to be easily wielded with one hand, and stiff enough to find vulnerable gaps in a knight’s plate armor, or burst through his mail!

Cold Steel's interpretation of this lightning fast fighter’s sword is made from expertly heat treated carbon steel and richly blued to an inky black finish. Featuring pronounced upturned parrying quillons, a fluted leather grip, and a counter balancing wheel pommel, the Arming Sword is beautifully balanced, and, with all blued steel fittings, it’s good looking too!

The Man at Arms Arming Sword is sold complete with a hand stitched black leather scabbard with a steel throat and chape.
  • Item Number: 88ARM
  • Blade Length: 28"
  • Overall Length: 34.75"
  • Blade Material: 1090 Carbon Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.2"
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Handle Material: Leather Wrapped
  • Scabbard Material: Leather with Blued Steel Fittings
  • Weight: 40.2 oz.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Cold Steel 88ARM Man at Arms Arming Sword 28" Blued 1090 Double Edged Blade, Black Leather Handlerated 4.000 stars out of 5 (1 review)
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Cold Steel 88ARM Man at Arms Arming Sword 28" Blued 1090 Double Edged Blade, Black Leather Handle
rated 4 stars out of 5
Reagh G
Killington, Vt
Apr 07, 2016
Pros: Materials, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Usable
Cons: None
Surprisingly good - especially for price
Intended use: Backyard cutting, Ren Faire costume, defensive practice.Overall: I'm glad I purchased it - good option at this price ($220).This is the lightest-feeling, best balanced Cold Steel sword I've handled.I am not a WMA practitioner (though I do have 10 years TKD, 2 years Epee, and am always messing around -safely- with various weapons). So far, only cut against light cardboard.Pros:*Very responsive handling, balance point 4" in front of guard, retains enough authority for fast cuts. Fast recovery. Excels at tip-cuts. Good balance between cut and thrust.*Even profile, distal taper and fuller all nicely done.*Not 'whippy' at all.*Grip and pommel are excellent. When allowing hand to slip to pommel for extended reach, pommel contours comfortably secure the grip. Pommel contours work well when gripping with off-hand (for two-hand grip of a single-hand sword).*'Keyed' pommel - this is very important. The pommel is inlet to accept the rectangular portion of the tang. This means the pommel is laterally supported, and will not rotate.*Pommel-nut construction is well done: The stepped nut applies pressure to the pommel - then to the rectangular portion of the tang (instead of applying pressure to the threaded portion of the tang and the grip material as in many swords). Also makes a difference when protecting the threaded tang-end from damage due to pommel strikes. I've not seen this fastening method before, and it totally makes sense.*Overall very attractive piece, scabbard is nicely done.Potential Cons:*Not especially historically accurate in terms of construction.*Would prefer non-blackened blade (I will probably strip it).*Pesky secondary beveled edge. It's functional out of the box, though.*Tip comes to needle point, which would be easily damaged against harder targets. Will have to modify slightly.This sword meets my needs, for my intended use at this price. Blade geometry (other than edge) is surprisingly good. If you want 'harmonics' and all that great stuff - you will have to pay more. I'm considering picking up the matching dagger, although, this sword practically begs for a buckler in the off-hand.


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