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Arms & Armor
ANGLO-SAXON SWORD - OAKESHOTT TYPE X
Based on Original:dated circa 960 AD - 1035 AD, Anglo-Saxon. Find place: Thames at Wandsworth, Museum of London A2373.
• Overall length: 34.5"
• Blade length: 29.2"
• Blade width: 2.2"
• Balance point: 5.8"
• Weight: 2.1 lbs
This reproduction is based on an Anglo-Saxon sword from about the year 1000. This sword was found in riverbed of the Thames in two parts near Putney, south west of London. It is often referred to as the Wandsworth sword. The upper and lower guards are curved in shape and the pommel is of the three lobed variety made of two pieces. We have chosen to do the pommel in the same way with an upper half formed of three lobes and the lower half a curved shaped the mirrors the guard.
This sword is dated to a time of struggle in the history of England. The clash of the Kingdom of Wessex and the Danelaw was ongoing throughout the period. The raiding of the coast by the Danish starting at the end of the 10th Century added to the troubles. There was quite a bit of conflict and a good sword would have been in high demand.
The original has a blade inlaid with INGELRII on one face and two groups of three bars on the opposite. There are many swords with such inscriptions in the blade from this period. They where made in many locals and almost certainly had significant meaning to those who produced and owned these weapons.
The modern person often finds the hilts of these swords to be unique in handling. There is a great discussion here about how these swords where wielded. This Type X blade makes for a sword that feels quite light in the hand. It would be excellent for the style of combat of its day. Here are two interesting sources for what the combat of this type may well have looked like Hurstwic Sword and Shield Combat and Dimicator on Facebook.
Baltimore Knife & Sword
Baltimore Knife and Sword Federschwert
These come with a lifetime warranty against breakage provided by Baltimore Knife and Sword.
They are discounted as they got some rust on them, and are slow-er to sell at a higher price point. There is no known functional problem with these blades :)
Based on Original: Circa 1370 English, Worshipful Company of Cutlers, London, England
Overall Length: 43.75"
Blade Length: 34"
Blade Width: 2"
Quillon Width: 9.5"
Grip Length: 7.1"
Balance Point: 1.75"
Weight: 3.55 lbs
The original sword, which rests in a private collection in England, is thought to possibly be the sword of Edward the Black Prince. The Black Prince, son of Edward III and father of Richard II, was known as a great warrior. The sword was removed from its resting place during the English Civil War, Cromwell being blamed for its disappearance. When the sword resurfaced its origin was lost but its style and structure seem to have an uncanny fit to the scabbard of the Black Prince still with his funerary achievements. This was identified by one of the most respected sword experts in Europe. We were, fortunately, able to take direct measurements of this sword and have gone back to our original research materials to upgrade our replica, increasing accuracy to the original in the furniture, grip and the blade.
This weapon, from the apex of the middle ages c. 1400, exemplifies the functional beauty of a knight's sword. It is the type of sword often illustrated in the fight manuals of the period. Reproduced here in 6150 steel for the blade and steel furniture.
For further information, please read myArmoury.com's Hands-on Reviews:
Enjoy saber, but want more protection for your hand? The Three Bar Hilt Sabre is the one for you! The additional width provided by the extra bars provides more safety for your hand than a simple D guard, while still affording the space and maneuverability you've come to expect from a sparring saber.
1 lb, 10 oz
3 1/2 inches from cross point of balance
33 1/4 inch blade length
1 1/2 inch to 1 1/8 inch blade width (cross to tip)
Messer is fun. Messer with sharp sims is even more fun! The notches along the blade engage when paired with another sharp sim sword, and re-create the feeling of binding with sharp blades with a high level of accuracy. Many students at South Coast Swords pick these immediately when it's time for messer class.