Colada del Cid, made in Toledo

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Colada del Cid, made in Toledo

Postby Paul » 30 Aug 2006 19:50

Matt asked for more reviews, so this is an edited version of a review I wrote on SFI a couple of years ago, when I was still young and innocent. ;)

Introduction:
When I was in Toledo a few years ago, I bought this sword. It is named "Colada Del Cid - Old Forge", after a sword which was used by Spanish hero Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar "El Cid Campeador" (1043-1099). It is the same as sold by a Toledo based company named "Swords from Toledo" (http://www.swordsfromtoledo.com), REF 110-N-F. As it has a slightly different etching, and the name "Swords from Toledo" doesn't appear on the blade, it might be an "OEM version" or a factory second. I got it for a price less then half the catalogue value (catalogue price is E54.63, I paid E20). All in all, it's a nice budget wallhanger.

Dimensions:

Weight total = 1270g
Weight blade = 655g
Weight quillon = 390g
Weight pommel = 160g
Weight hilt = 60g

Length total = 102cm
Length blade (from tip to quillon) = 84.8cm
Length hilt (ex. pommel/quillon) = 10.3cm
Distance front quillon - balance point = 14.8cm
Distance index finger - balance point = 18cm
Thickness (constant from quillon almost to the tip) = 3.5mm
Blade width (at quillon) = 3.8cm

Overall quality impression:
Not extremely good, but what do you expect for the money? It isn't a fancy piece and it isn't meant to be. I'm fairly happy with it, for what it is.

Notes on the sword in general:
I've handled all swords in "Swords from Toledo"'s "Old Forge" range, and this was the one with the balance furthest to the back, which was the main reason why I chose this one. The blades on the entire range is the same, the difference is purely in the fittings.

Compared to other wallhangers, it handles pretty well. Compared to my Cervenka, unsurprisingly, it's like a brick,. :-)

The sword is prone to vibrations if it hits something to the point of becoming very uncomfortable if you hit hard against a resisting object. Of course that shouldn't be attempted with a wallhanger anyway.

Notes on the blade:
The blade is basically just a piece of steel which is sawed in the right shape and then given a convex bevel. The edge is left completely blunt and is at least 1mm thick, although it varies a bit along the blade.

It's definately not stainless, as I've seen in the exact same swords being displayed on the streets of Toledo, where the shopkeepers apparently didn't bother to bring them inside before the rain, or clean them after the rain, as some were covered by red rust. It has a gray colour that appears to be a little bit darker than what's common on carbon steel knives. Perhaps it's varnished or something, as it has been on my wall for two years and still no rust or pitting.

The blade is etched (or engraved, but that seems unlikely given the price, and it seems too irregular for laser etching) with floral motives and the words "COLADA DEL CID" in a Spanish/Arabian looking typeface, and "TOLEDO MADE" in standard block letters.

The blade can be bend by hand (gripping the blade, while fixating the blade with your feet and knees) to 20 degrees, and perhaps further, and return to true.

It may be made of some kind of spring steel, which is at least hardened to some degree.

The blade continues at full width under the quillon, then becomes 1cm wide as it enters the hilt. The distance between the front of the quillon and the end of the blade is 3.7cm at which point is welded on a 9.8cm long threaded rat tail tang, which is 6mm thick (outer diameter). Sorry for the confusing wording .

The weld seems to be quite well done, although it's of course difficult to judge it's inner strength just by appearances.

Notes on the fittings:
The fittings appear to be cast iron. It isn't done too well, and there are tooling marks as well as casting irregularities. It then seems to be covered by some kind of grey paint.

The hilt is wood wrapped with iron wire, which isn't too comfortable for my taste, but otherwise well made. I might replace it with a leather wrapped wooden hilt (to be newly made by myself). The wood is light in colour, but seems pretty dense and hard. Maybe light oak, but it's hard to tell.

When assembled, the fittings don't line up as they should, but it's hardly noticable.

Conclusion:
If you are looking for a wallhanger, it's not a bad piece, certainly considering the price. Next time I'm in Toledo, I'll pick up it's Tizona del Cid brother.

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Postby admin » 31 Aug 2006 00:34

You get extra points for writing this much about it! :shock: :? :lol: :oops: :cry:
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Postby Paul » 31 Aug 2006 07:24

I just copied an old review from SFI. At the time I thought it was a pretty good deal. I've even contemplated redoing the tang and sharpening it up. :lol:
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Postby admin » 31 Aug 2006 12:00

Awww, cute :).
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