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    Talking My AT1571 bastard saber is here! Pics and review...

    My AT1571 bastard saber arrived today, safe and sound. It came packed in a rifle case, and the blade was wrapped in brown packing paper.

    Here are the specs, as listed on Christian Fletcher's website:

    Overall Length: 42.7"
    Grip Length: 7"
    Blade Length: 33"
    Center of Percussion: Not listed
    Point of Balance: 5.5"
    Approximate Weight: 2 lb 4 oz

    I guesstimate the COP to be about six inches from the tip of the blade (ascertained by striking the pommel and observing the point where there wasn't any vibration on the blade).

    First impressions: I thought this sword would be a lightweight, because of its listed weight of 2 lb and 4 oz. However, it feels much heavier than I expected. Although it has the same weight as my AT2103 leafblade (according to Christian's website), it has considerably more blade presence than the leafblade. This may be due to the saber's blade width remaining practically the same - til an inch and a half from the point. My EKS feels like a toothpick compared to this sword - and the EKS is only 4 oz lighter.

    The saber's blade is very stiff, and doesn't vibrate much when I tap the pommel. The bottom six inches of the blade is not sharpened. The top six inches of the blade is sharpened in the back.

    I did some dry handling, but not at full speed, because my nosy cats kept following me around, apparently also fascinated with my new toy. I never handled a saber before (other than the US Army ceremonial officer's saber), and it was a new experience. Kinda like handling a katana (due to the beefier blade), but with a much thinner handle.

    The saber was practically begging to cut, so I obliged by filling up a couple 2 liter bottles, a couple Propel bottles, a couple half-gallon milk jugs, and a medium-sized kitty litter container. I've trashed my wooden stool a while ago, so I had to make do with my patio table and a smaller plastic footstool on top of it. I had to be careful with the diagonal cuts, because I didn't want to hit the table. The first target I tried to cut (a Propel bottle) was sent flying into the wall. Consternated, I tried again - and the bottle flew off the same way. I wondered if the saber wasn't sharp enough, then I decided to try to find the COP (which I should've done first - duh). That's when I discovered that the COP is about six inches from the tip. I cut through the next Propel bottle without any problem. The saber easily dispatched the 2 liter bottles, milk jugs, and kitty litter container. However, it feels different from my other European swords. I felt a good amount of vibration for a split moment when the blade met the target. The fittings didn't loosen or anything. I just felt the impact a lot more than from my other Atrims.

    I'm also going to try to pick up some tatami and a cutting stand, and I'll let all of you know the results.

    Overall, I like this sword a lot. I wasn't too familiar with sabers before, and probably wouldn't have thought about getting one. However, this saber is definitely a keeper.

    Here are some pics. The rifle case it was packed in:



    The blade wrapped in paper:



    Unwrapped:

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    Closeup of the hilt:



    Blade shot:



    Shot of the tip:



    Sword in hand:



    Striking a pose:



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    ...and as promised, a shot of me smiling (or at least showing some teeth ):
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    Originally posted by Jennifer Yabut
    ...and as promised, a shot of me smiling (or at least showing some teeth ):
    very nice jennifer,

    no offense to gus's in house crew, but this is a testament of why christian is the best in the business for this type of work on production non-eastern swords.

    congrats on a beauty of a sword
    Last edited by Jeff Ellis; 09-30-2005 at 06:18 PM.
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    Looks Great!

    It's only when I see it in hand that I realize just how big it is!
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    That blade looks especially vicious in the hands of our friendly neighborhood jug-killer...

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    Congratulations!

    Lady Jenn,

    Beautiful combination- Beautiful sword, beautiful Lady...

    Keep the smile going!

    May you have many happy adventures together...



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    Congrats on the saber, Jen!

    Now ya make me want to go and play with my saber too!
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    Now that`s what i call a saber .

    Congrats.

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    Great (and Big ) !
    Please forgive my english.

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    B-)

    ok, now take THAT to your sensei ! hehehe

    Looks great, JY !!! congrats !!!

  12. Well Jennifer whenever Gus sends me my Longsaber back, me you and Rusty might have to have a saber "cut-a-thon" this year...

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    Hey nice bloody sword!

    I must ask you, what period is that and where dose it come from historicaly?

    Cheers

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    That is one beautiful beefy sword.

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    I'd be smiling too, very nice sword. It has me thinking..........

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    Congrats on the win, Jennifer, and kudos on the new toy!
    No cutting pics yet? You should forward a pic or 2 of you with the new baby to Christian, to put on his site. I'm sure he'd love to add a pic of you with the prize in hand...

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    Im not a fan of sabers but this one RULES big time.

    congratulations on a nice purchase.
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    Fantastic! That sword is beautiful. If I would get off my duff and place my order, I would have my Gus Trim sword by now.
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