A premium line of classic European arms and armor from one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of fine cutlery, CAS Iberia presents Kingston Arms; historical, reliable, durable and authentic reproductions of history’s finest pieces. Several series are planned from the currently available Tourney series of blunt reenactment and stage swords to several sharp reproduction swords including several made and/or designed by noted sword maker Gus Trim (Atrim). We also have several swords in the works developed specifically for HEMA practitioners, both sparring federschwerts and sharp cutting swords.
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Gus Trim made swords
Angus (Gus) Trim has agreed to produce a handful of his exceptional swords for us. Based out of Washington state Gus has created a reputation over many years as a leading performance sword maker. Being one of the first makers to adopt the notion of harmonic balance in sword design his swords have an unusual quality that must be held to be appreciated. These swords are available in limited quantity.
In addition to making several sword models for us, Gus has designed even more for us to produce overseas. Our goal was simple: to provide 90% of the performance of an Atrim original at 1/3 the cost. Getting there wasn't so simple... but after several rounds of prototypes and a botched first run our first approved swords are on the way! Now that we know the forge can pull it off we have several more designs in the works as well.
These swords offer the best performance of any production sword currently available.
HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) has been gaining popularity for several years now and shows no sign of slowing down. CAS Iberia was at the forefront of this movement when we released our first Federschwert training sword almost a decade ago. For Kingston Arms we designed a more modern take on the classic sparring longsword, incorporating some modern features and design ideas to create our Sport Federschwert. We designed the blade to be light and fast with a fair amount of flex to appeal to club practitioners that wanted to drill and spar in complete safety. The guard was specially designed to incorporate a thumb ramp for easy placement of the thumb on the blade during Ochs. The guard also features our King-Peen system (see below in Tourney Series) for enhanced durability. The pommel sides were flattened in the same plane as the blade flats to aid in perception of edge alignment.
On top of all of these design characteristics we've also managed to make the Kingston Arms Feder one of the most affordable on the market!
The Tourney Series of blunt swords is the culmination of 20 years of experience producing swords and related pieces for re-enactment and stage use. We have several swords in development at this time, but the first available in the series is a classic Single Hand Arming Sword, Viking Sword and our latest addition an exceptional Hand and a Half.
Conceived as a premium line of blunt swords fit for teh rigors of reenactment & stage combat, they not only look the part but hold up to it as well. The blades are forged from 9260 spring steel and well tempered to a rockwell hardness of 50Hrc. The edges are at least 2mm thick and rounded for safety. The guard and pommel are finely cast stainless steel and stone washed, giving a long lasting finish that will look good for years worth of battles. The guards feature the newly designed King-Peen system - a thick tab of steel is cast with the guard then riveted in place to the tang under the grip. This method provides an exceptional connection of the guard and blade and in our testing keeps the sword ringing like a bell. The grip is an ergonomically shaped hardwood core wrapped in cord for strength with cord-embossed leather over top. This composite grip construction is not only historically accurate but also long lasting and maintenance friendly. Feels pretty good too.
The scabbards are wood core and covered in leather with a stainless steel chape. These scabbards will lend themselves as-is to keep your sword ready at your side.
We're confident the swords in the Tourney series are going to be your new favorite for whatever campaign you can throw at them!