TherionArms

14th century knight's arming sword

An early 1300's knight's arming sword, Oakeshott type XVI, made by Legacy Arms/Generation2. Why am I specifically calling this a *knight's* arming sword when I don't use the descriptor "knight" for other arming swords? For a long time, swords of this relatively short length were called "archer's swords" or "squire's swords" or "boy's swords", but that is absolutely incorrect. According to Ewart Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval Sword (page 151), identical swords are shown on two early 14th century effigies in Germany: Arnold I Langraph of Cleve (circa 1320 - Stiftskirche at Cleve); and one of the hero-figures circa 1308 in the Rathaus at Cologne. The hilts of the swords on these figures are exactly the same as this sword and they are exactly the same size, further proof that these short swords were not made for boys, squires, or archers, but for knights and nobles. Some folks just liked their fights up close and personal. (If your sword is too short, take one step closer!)

Extremely sharp and well tempered high carbon steel blade, peened tang, solid steel pommel, upturned guard, leather covered hardwood grip and scabbard. Extremely tough, fast, and well-balanced.

length: 28 1/2"
blade: 21"
blade width: 2" at base, 1" at 2" from tip
grip and pommel: 7 1/4"
guard: 5 5/8"
balance point: 1 1/2" from guard (no kidding!)
weight (sword): 2 lb 8.0 oz
weight (sword & scabbard): 3 lb 4.5 oz

Price: $230

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