FAQs

How do I place an order?

Please contact us at enquiries@pooleysword.com or by telephone on 01273 467277. We will be happy to discuss your requirements and provide you with a personalised quotation. When you are happy to proceed with the order, we will send you an invoice and request a 50% deposit payment. Once received, our Sword Cutlers will start work creating your sword.


How do I pay?


Will I need to pay a deposit?

For smaller items, such as Sword Knots, Books, Belts and Miniature Swords, we request payment in full to secure the order.

For sword orders and refurbishments, we request an initial deposit of 50% of the invoice value with the balance payable prior to despatch.

For Officer Cadets training at Military Academy’s, we request a £250.00 deposit with the balance of the invoice payable 2 weeks prior to graduation.


How long is the lead time when purchasing a sword?

Because Pooley Swords are crafted for the individual and are bespoke items rather than ready made, our lead time can vary. It usually takes 12 weeks to make a sword however it can be done sooner depending on current commitments, time of year, military pass out parades etc. Please talk to us if you need your sword by a specific date and we will endeavour to meet your deadline.


Does Pooley Sword make Swords for the MOD?

We held the MOD contract for the supply and refurbishment of Ceremonial Swords from 2008 to 2018. The MOD then outsourced their tender process and specified they wanted to reduce costs for the taxpayer. We decided not to submit a tender and try to compete with the cheap, imported swords.

Some units/regiments still want to deal only with Pooley Sword therefore we do still carry out work for the Household Cavalry for example. We provided them with new swords to wear for HRH Queen Elizabeth II Funeral in September 2022. We have a good working relationship with the MOD and Leidos (their logistics contractor) and provide services where the need arises.

We hold the official MOD Pattern Swords Samples in our secure facility and all Pooley Swords are made to MOD specifications.


How do I look after my blade?

Your sword should never be placed back into a wet or damp scabbard. RAF and Royal Navy Scabbards can take 3-4 weeks to dry out completely and all scabbards should be left to dry with the mouthpiece facing downwards.

If your blade gets wet, dry with a soft cloth as soon as possible. Raindrops will leave marks on the blade if left for too long. Protect your blade with Vaseline if storing your sword or Renaissance Wax if displaying your sword. Renaissance Wax, when polished into the blade becomes invisible yet leave a layer of protection therefore is ideal for display purposes. Museums often use this product to protect their artefacts.

Store your sword in a cool dry place. Do not store it in a box, in a leather bag or anywhere there is likely to be large temperature variations.

Please telephone us on: 01273 467277 if you require further advice or e-mail: enquiries@pooleysword.com


What materials do Pooley Sword use?

Pooley Swords are genuine military swords made with traditional materials. Our Head Cutler worked for Wilkinson Sword and brought with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of traditional craftmanship and sword cutlery.

The blade is made from High Carbon Steel, hardened and tempered, shaped, ground, polished and acid etched.

It depends which sword you have as to what materials are used thereafter. For instance, the Royal Navy Sword has a brass, gold plated hilt and scabbard mounts/chape with a rawhide leather scabbard which is handstitched, coloured, stiffened and fitted at our workshops in Shoreham. The Infantry Sword has a steel nickel-plated hilt with either a steel nickel-plated scabbard or a brown leather scabbard.

The grip is made from sustainably sourced Ray skin (fish skin) and the grip wire is either silver-plated or gold-plated depending on the hilt plating.


Do you personalise swords?

Pooley Sword has a resident Design Team at our Shoreham Workshops. Each sword is made for an individual and we therefore encourage you to think about how you would like to personalise your sword blade.

We acid etch your agreed design when we make your sword, rather than engrave your name in later which can look disjointed. You could choose to have an inscription in the cartouche of the blade, another on the opposite side, names dates of your forbearers along the spine perhaps? We are very happy to etch family crests, additional regimental crests, images that have some meaning to you. Please talk to us and our designer can provide sample drawings for your approval once your order process is underway.


Where are Pooley Swords made?

Pooley Swords are made in England. The blade starts its life by being cut into billets, shaped and ground in Sheffield. It is then sent to our workshops in Shoreham, Sussex to be finely polished, acid etched, assembled, tested and inspected. Some of our component parts are made elsewhere however they arrive at our workshops in an unfinished, raw state with a lot of work still to be done. For instance, the Ray Skin for the grips originates in Indonesia. It is not possible to get it in England. A company in London casts hilts and a company close to Gatwick Airport carries out our gold-plating. Nearly all processes are carried out in our own workshops however where we do need to use suppliers, we strive to ensure they are local business so that we can support our local area and control our carbon footprint.

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