Ash, oak, maple, and other hardwoods all make attractive swords but none of them have the durability of hickory, and all will crack in far less time. This makes the swords unsafe for the user and any potential spectators. For this reason swords made for combat are only made from hickory.
I will make swords out of other woods by custom order. They will not be guaranteed in any way and are intended for display purposes only, not as functional practice swords. Please contact Hickory Arms for details and pricing.