Tinker Pearce Swords from Medieval Collectables
Michael Tinker Pearce is one of the pre-eminent makers of custom medieval-style swords, with a large international following in the collector and Western Martial Arts communities. His swords have a long-standing reputation for durability and performance. He has studied swords for over thirty years and was one of the first makers to study the structural and engineering aspects of antique swords. Tinker has introduced many of the concepts of modern sword design such as authentic weight, balance and dynamic characteristics that have become standards in the industry. His articles have been featured in Blade Magazine and many of his works on the physical characteristics of swords have been published. He is also the author of The Medieval Sword in the Modern World, a book about modern reproduction swords and their characteristics. Tinker was an SCA heavy fighter for many years and practiced period rapier-fencing with the Academy Della Spada in Seattle, WA.. He is a self-defense instructor and currently teaches Medieval European martial arts. He is also a trained fight-choreographer. His research and broadbased training has engendered a good understanding of how swords were used by the generations that fought for their lives with them and also the needs of modern re-enactors and martial artists. He is an Honorary Educational Advisor for Sword Forum International.
The Tinker Pearce Sharp Bastard Sword with Fuller with is an Oakeshott Type XVIIA piece. The sharp blade is diamond-sectioned throughout its length and fullered for about one third of its length.
The Tinker Pearce Sharp Early Medieval Sword is a single-hand Oakeshott Type XII piece. The sharp blade is fullered for about two thirds of its length with a flattened diamond section out towards the tip.
This Tinker Pearce Sharp Bastard Sword is based on the Oakeshott Type XVIIIA and is designed to perform identically in the hand to the blunt version. The sharp blade is diamond-sectioned throughout its length.
While not a direct copy of any particular sword, the Viking sword design was inspired by historical examples from the 9th Century, most notably finds from the area around Trondheim, Norway, where the circular hilt was popular.
The Tinker Pearce Sharp Norman Sword displays a distinctive cruciform guard and brazil-nut pommel. This sword is harmonically balanced, optimizing the cutting ability of its sharpened blade.
The Blunt Trainer longsword features nearly identical handling of its sharp companion, but with thick edges (2mm) and a rounded tip for safe sparring practice. Tinker Pearce has developed matching longswords to satisfy any sword need.
Tinker Pearce has developed these matching longswords to satisfy the need of every Western Martial Arts practitioner and sword enthusiast, to have a matching set of sharp and blunt swords for cutting and safe training practice.
The Tinker Great Sword of War is designed purely as a cutting sword and, weighing in at a little less than four pounds, it is built to excel on heavy targets. The 11 inch grip provides excellent leverage and static and dynamic balance.