I am always experimenting with new designs, materials, and techniques, so my knives are constantly evolving. Although I make
some knives to similar patterns, each is a unique creation; a true one-of-a-kind offering.
he makes the best practice swords I've seen so far. He also makes great sharps!
I've handled a lot of different practice swords, and I have to say this is by far my favourite. Now I wish I had ordered one of these instead of the one that I did... Next time for sure!
Samuel let me take this for a spin. Oh... my...gosh! It handles so well. It likes to cut and it Really likes thrusts. It winds like a tornado. Excellent worksmanship and it's pretty too.
Martin Senneker, Vauxhall, AB
I am a trapper, and 2 years ago I asked Garth if he would make me a custom beaver skinner. He did and it's exactly what I wanted. If he took a bunch to a trapper's convention he would sell out easily.
Gary Nickel, Borden, SK
I recieved a hunting knife from Garth about 5 years ago. I use it for everything from skinning dead calves, cutting twine from the bales and skinning deer when I go hunting. I keep it in the truck so it's always at hand should I need it.
Ken Weirs, Meadow Lake, SaskatchewanI recieved a beautiful hunter/tactical knife from Garth many years ago. The truth is, I have never used it. I kept it as a show piece.
Don McKinnon, Calgary, AB
When I learned that Garth made quality knives, I asked if he could fashion a Sgian Dubh to fit in my sock when I am wearing the kilt. He said "No Problem!" and 2 weeks later presented me with a stainless steel blade with an ebony handle. The handle has my family coat of arms inset in it and enscribed on the blade is the family motto in Gaelic. It is a marvelous piece which I and future generations of my family will treasure. Thanks Garth.
Mark Harris (Trailwalker), Champaign County, IL, USA
I recieved the TACTICAL II and it is far better that I had anticipated. The pic really does not do this knife justice. I am now unsure wether I want to actually use it or not. Beautiful Job Garth.
Chris Waterstreet, High River, AB
I began wood carving about 2 years ago. At any course that I went to, the big thing to do would be to check out all the knives that each carver was using. I had seen and tried a lot of different knives, but none of them fit my hand very well. Everyone said that was just the way carving knives were. I could not accept this. Then I talked to Garth Thompson about making one for me. The biggest challenge was to find a knife handle that was wide and thin so it could fit in the palm of my hand for regular use so that I didn't have to grip it tightly to use it. I also need to be able to hold the knife like a pencil for finer detail work. I gave Garth a rough idea of what I wanted and what I needed. The finished product was exactly what I was looking for. I can do my detail work without the wider base of the handle in the way, and because of the wide base and thin neck, I can carve for a long period of time without my hand or palm getting tired from holding the knife too hard. I also got Garth to make one for each of my parents. This year at the carving course, I will have everyone wanting to try my knife (CARVER), and I won't be needing to try any of theirs.
So i got this sword about 6 months ago. I'm fairly new to Swordsmanship but enthusiastic to progress. I had asked Garth for a sword suitable for training in Longsword. He asked if I wanted to try the federschwert design he was looking at making. I said sure. This is what he made for me.
I'm quite happy with it.
- Overall: 54 3/4"
- Handle: 12 3/4"(14 1/4" with pommel)
- Cross Guard: 1/4"
- These are just rough I rounded it off to the closest 1/4"
I find the weight is perfect for me and with the awesome balance it really doesn't feel like you have much in your hands. I've let women friends of mine who were curious about my new purchase, play with this sword and they were like "I dunno this seems to heavy for me." But once they got into it they were like "This is really easy." It seriously is very easy to use.
Balance: It balances just in front of the hilt where the "blade" meets the Ricasso. Swinging it around is quite effortless. As you turn the handle in your hands the blade just easily follows. I find it quite fun to use when sparring, using on my Pell, or just doing some "shadow" practice. It feel elegant to move about. Some of the much more experienced guys from the club /group I attend figure that it is one of the best balanced training swords they've used.
Flexibility: From what I've seen of other training swords I'd say it's middle of the road for give or flexibility. It's more flexible then some and stiffer than others I've seen. Which I think is nice so you still have a good response and stiffness in binds and feel everything as well as not hurt the other guy too much if you happen to stab him hard in a soft place.
From my point of view it feels like he did a great job on tempering. You can bend it pretty far and it just snaps right back. The blade does not get nicked either, it has a couple shallow dents where we had a few nasty hits on it to see what she'll take.
So far it seems like this thing will last me a long time. I'm quite happy with it.
Cross Guard: Also the cross guard has rounded ends and "smooth lines". As opposed to hard blunt ends or some are even pointy and kind of sharp.
After six months of abuse from sparring the cross guard is not loose or showing any signs that's it's going to get loose. It is rigid. So that also makes me quite happy with this sword.
Looks and Feel: This is obviously personal taste. But I think it's "Sexy" looking, for a sword anyways. Anyone I've shown it too who is familiar with swords or not at all is like "wow". I had the stainless steel wire wrap option added to the handle as well and the wire feels really nice in your hands. Plus it gives it a sort of a "premium" look, and since it's stainless steel you don't have to worry about the wire in the handle rusting making maintenance easy.
Overall impression: Response is awesome you can feel everything and quickly move it about. I'd say it's a great combination of good weight, good balance and good leverage with the full length handle. Even with big bulky gloves on you can comfortably move to all your guards and cuts without your hands binding or not being able to fully hold onto the handle with the rear hand.
Let's put it like this. If I lost this sword I would definitely purchase another one. I am completely satisfied with this sword. Next on the list to buy for training tools from SGT Blades, is a Messer and Short Sword.