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Review: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby admin » 24 Aug 2012 11:03

I think it is probably time to post some new reviews of these, as they have changed somewhat in the last few years. Please feel free to add your own experiences.

Firstly, in my view they have improved in quality somewhat. The guards are now made of thicker gauge steel, the blade seem in general to have been a bit beefed up and the pommel nuts seem to be a bit better at not always coming un-done mid-fight.

However, the principle problems remain:
1) They are a tad too short (a 31 inch blade – most people want at least 32-34 inches). However, many infantry officer’s swords were only 31 inches in the blade (eg. French and American) and if you add a blunt tip to the end then this does increase the reach a little.
2) The grips are too thin for most people. Most people I know who use these regularly have added tennis grip wrap to make the grips easier to hold.
3) They are a little light overall – in my opinion everyone would prefer them, and they would be more robust, if the blades were broadened a little, as well as lengthening them.

Hanwei could, in my opinion, make a new generation of Hutton sabres that would tick all our boxes and be massive sellers. However, I suspect they will miss the boat. Already there are a few Eastern European manufacturers offering alternatives and the more expensive and harder to get the Hanwei lines get, the more the poor Chinese products will get overtaken by slightly more expensive but vastly better made Eastern European products. Which is great news for the EU, I guess.

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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby Andreas Engström » 24 Aug 2012 13:03

I seem to be agreeing a lot with you today, Matt. In this case, on every point.

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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby Carletto » 03 Oct 2012 20:54

admin wrote:Already there are a few Eastern European manufacturers offering alternatives and the more expensive and harder to get the Hanwei lines get, the more the poor Chinese products will get overtaken by slightly more expensive but vastly better made Eastern European products. Which is great news for the EU, I guess.




Which Eastern Eauropean products? I'd be interested in an alternative myself.
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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby admin » 04 Oct 2012 07:42

There are several makers reviewed on this forum, Peter Regenyei being the obvious one.
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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby Mearcstapa » 20 Dec 2012 19:33

I also would like to see some kind of small leather washer between the blade and guard and/or grip and guard since the factory 'setting' seems a bit scratchy, if you know what I mean.
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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby admin » 20 Dec 2012 19:55

Throw the Hanwei Hutton in the bin where it belongs, get one of these:
http://regenyei.sg18.net/en_saber.html
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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby Mearcstapa » 20 Dec 2012 19:59

Holy crapballs, those are superb. Except the Matt Easton one - that looks frightful...

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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby Tyler Brandon » 21 Dec 2012 02:43

admin wrote:Throw the Hanwei Hutton in the bin where it belongs, get one of these:
http://regenyei.sg18.net/en_saber.html


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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby Gary Piano » 23 Dec 2012 20:30

Mearcstapa wrote:Except the Matt Easton one - that looks frightful...


Have to agree, the Matt Easton one aint going to win any prizes in the "i'm a pretty sword competition" but I think utility and safety are the order of the day for that sabre.

However, my perfect training sabre would be the blade from the "training saber II" combined with the hilt from the Easton one. Just not sure how much flex the training saber II blade has.
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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby admin » 23 Dec 2012 20:37

A good compromise would be the ME sabre, but slightly more curved and with a thin fuller added (optional changes and the fuller would only add a little to the cost). I highly recommend the flexible foible and rolled tip.
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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby Gary Piano » 23 Dec 2012 20:57

Matt, do you have any plans on getting a "matt easton saber" alternative version with (like you said) a more curved blade with a thin fuller designed, but still with a safe flex?

If so I would be placing an order.
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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby admin » 23 Dec 2012 21:03

Hi Gary, technically the curve on my sabre isn't precisely specified. It is only slightly curved, but for I guess a tiny bit more Peter can make them 'non-regulation', ie. with more or less curve, longer or shorter. The buyer would agree this with Peter when ordering - equally I am sure he would be happy to put a thin fuller in for a bit extra (as it takes more time). The thin fuller wouldn't alter the function of the sword at all and I agree it would look very nice. We dropped the fuller simply to create the most cost-effective baseline sabre possible.
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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby Marc » 30 Dec 2012 19:38

admin wrote:create the most cost-effective baseline sabre possible.


How cost effective? I can't see any prices on there but I am considering options for a steel single hander for saber/backsword.
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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby admin » 30 Dec 2012 22:56

I'm afraid you'd need to check with Peter on that. But less than £150 I believe.
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Re: The Hanwei Hutton sabre - a new review

Postby Paul B » 04 Jan 2013 17:04

I quite like the looks of the Matt-Sabre.

Never been over fond of the metal grip thingy
.... or I could be completely wrong.

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