I made a couple of swords for me and my 6 year old, Sir Galahad. His made from pine (Janka Hardness: 480 lbf), mine from African super hardwood ekki (Janka Hardness: 3,220 lbf) and oak. It turns out pine is the better battle wood. My weathered, twisted and severely checked ekki (reclaimed pier decking) just couldn’t hold up to the awesome combat power of pine.
-- Losing fingers since 1969