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.
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BLACK PRINCE SWORD - OAKESHOTT TYPE XVA
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.
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Blackfencer developed this maintenance kit to get you started with everything you need to take care of your steel sword(s)! The metal polish assists with shine, the oil protects, and the sanding sponges will help remove any burrs and rust from your blade. Blackfencer has a tutorial video on how to use the kit here.
Plus: For a small additional cost, we'll add a hardened steel file to your kit. These are helpful if you have a particularly nasty burr or chip on your blade or guard that you would like to smooth out. Either way, this kit will help keep your swords free of rust and looking their best!
x1 Wood Box x1 Metal Polish Cream 200ml x1 Sponge and cloth for Metal Polish Cream x1 Oil for weapons 200ml x2 Sponges with sandpaper for burrs and oxide x2 Sponges with sandpaper for mild oxide x1 (Optional - add $10) 6" hardened steel file
The box comes unfinished, just apply some oil or stain to pick the color you'd like! Don't know how to stain? No problem, email us and we can help!
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BOHEMIAN BROADSWORD - OAKESHOTT TYPE XVIA
Based on Original: Circa 1480-1510, Private Collection
• Overall Length: 44"
• Blade Length: 36.5"
• Blade Width: 1.75"
• Quillon Width: 8"
• Grip Length: 5"
• Balance Point: 6.38"
• Weight: 2.6 lbs
This broadsword exhibits a hexagonal cross-sectioned blade with a narrow fuller down the forte. The thickness of the blade dramatically tapers to the point to give an excellent balance for the cut; a detail often missed by many modern manufacturers. This style of sword was popular in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and again in the later part of the 15th century, when this sword was made. The furniture on this sword illustrates the writhen or twisted branch like forms favored by the craftsmen of central Europe. The grip is hardwood covered in leather with a stitched seam and shrunk to fit the elegantly shaped handle.
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Fornovo Sword - Oakeshott Type XVIIID
Based on Original: Circa 1450-1500, Italian, private collection.
Overall length: 37.4"
Blade Length: 31.9"
Blade Width: 1.6"
Guard Width: 6.3"
Grip Length: 3.2"
Balance Point: 4.5"
Weight: 2.4 lbs
An elegant and deadly single-handed sword of the 15th Century, replicated from an original most likely made in southern Europe. This sword is capable of solid cuts and accurate thrusts from its Type XVIII blade. Seen in art of the period on the hip of soldiers and lords alike, this form of sword is similar to an example from the famous Dordogne river find of swords.
The stout wheel pommel and short straight guard frame a grip designed to be held so the hand has contact with the furniture. This allows the back of the hand to power movements of the blade, especially when using the back edge attacks. Use of the sword in one hand like this is described in the manuals of the period and excellent examples of how that is done can be found on the excellent blog and site atDimicator Medieval Swordplay.
We have titled this sword Fornovo after The Battle of Fornovo, in 1495, an engagement that well could have seen this sword in use by the invading French forces or their Venetian opponents and allies.
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FRENCH MEDIEVAL ARMING SWORD - OAKESHOTT TYPE XV
Based on Original: Circa 1375-1400, Wallace Collection, London (A460)
Overall length: 37.4"
Blade length: 30"
Blade Width: 2.4"
Guard Width: 8.25"
Grip Length: 4.2"
Balance Point: 3"
Weight: 2.9 lbs (1315g)
Here is a sword illustrating some of the finest quality achieved by the smiths of the middle ages. The combination of form and function are brought together with great efficiency. This 14th century sword is often identified as an exceptional example of the knightly weapon.
It has a well-proportioned wheel pommel with circular inset centers and a tall pommel nut. The arms of the guard taper evenly as they curve toward the blade. The grip is hardwood covered in leather and the furniture is done in steel.
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IRISH SWORD - OAKESHOTT TYPE XVIII
Based on Original: Circa 1480-1520 Irish, Provenance Unknown
Overall Length: 37.4"
Blade Length: 31.5"
Blade Width: 1.75"
Quillon Width: 9.1"
Grip Length: 3"
Balance Point: 5.25"
Weight: 2.5 lbs / 1134 gr
This is a purely Irish design and one of only a few types of sword which can be attributed to a specific nationality. It's a unique design, highlighted by a spatulated crossguard and a pommel constructed as a ring with the tang passing through it. A rare sword for any collection.
The style of sword was carried by the Irish fighters in their homeland and as mercenary soldiers on the continent. They had aquired a fearsome reputation as stealthy fighters. Probably in no small part to their constant practice of cattle raiding back home.
The unquie pommel design is probably a development from the normal wheel pommel style. Some of these where made as a heavy ring with face plates. If the face plates are left off this structure you would have a ring for a pommel.
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Based on Original: Sword Circa 1560, Deutsches Klingen Museum, Solingen
Overall length: 12.6"
Blade length: 8.25"
Blade width: 1.1"
The German and Swiss Landsknechts were considered the elite troops of their day. Their weapons were designed for the close-in fighting of hand-to-hand combat, being light and quick in action. We have created this matching dagger to accompany the #149 Katzbalger Sword. The unique hilt of these weapons consists of a figure-eight shaped guard and a grip and pommel of a unique shape. They are very comfortable in the hand and well suited for the style of combat.