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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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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SCHOLAR SWORD - GREEN HANDLE
Created to meet the needs of the modern practitioner. Combining the weight feel and action of a period swords in a steel trainer.
Blade length: 31"
Overall length: 38"
Point of Balance: 3"
Grip length: 4.5"
Weight: 2.5 lbs
A single-handed training sword for the western martial artist looking for the feel and action of a period sword. This trainer is designed to take a great deal of use and provide a safe and effective option for today's student of such historical manuals as I.33. Period blunts of this type of sword seem to be very rare in collections today. We have based this piece on the sharp swords of the period and our experience with practicing Western Martial Artists today.
The blade is rectangular in cross-section with rounded corners and is tempered to a 50 RC. The blade is tapered to provide a slight flex in the foible but stiffness in the forte for correct action and feel. The slightly down turned guard and the faceted wheel pommel are made of tool steel and will survive rigorous use. The grip is hardwood covered in leather.
"I have used the Arms & Armor Scholar Sword and Spada da Zogho models regularly since September of 2005, and they are simply the best training swords available today. They are everything a swordsman wants: balanced, durable, historically correct weight and design, and a light, fluid feel in the hand that is unsurpassed. Built to specifications laid down by swordsmen centuries ago, these swords set the standard of excellence for training in the Western Martial Arts today."
— Sean Hayes, Maestro d'armi, Northwest Academy of Arms
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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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Meyer Training Rapier
Based on Original: The pieces illustrated inA Thorough Description of the Art of Combatpublished in 1570 by Joachim Meyer.
Overall Length: ~36.75"
Blade Length: 31"
Blade Width: 1.15"
Quillon Width: 10"
Grip Length: 3.5"
Balance Point: 3.6"
Weight: 2.5 lbs
This training sword is based on the pieces illustrated in A Thorough Description of the Art of Combat published in 1570 by Joachim Meyer. He was a cutler as well as a teacher of the sword creating this major work on swordplay, which had several printings. He covers several different types of weapons in this work and it is often looked at as an important work dealing in the weapons of the 16th C.
This rapier is of a simple form with a straight barrel turned cross, a single side ring and knuckle bow. It has a bulbous pommel and matching terminators on the arms of the guard. It is gripped with out the finger passing over the guard as can be seen in the manual illustration below. The hilt furniture is steel. The grip is bound with strands of twisted wire. The blade is made of 6150 steel and has a rectangular cross section similar to our side sword trainer. This sturdy blade will last for many hours of practice and sparring.
Blackfencer Falkner 1459 Messer (Left Handed)
In Blackfencer's Falkner-style messer, the straight false edge and clipped long edge tip come together in a fun and distinctive blade shape. The sword maintains the balance and feeling of standard messers, making the selection of this weapon one of personal preference. This messer is designed specifically for left-handed fighters.
1 lb 15.3 oz
4 inches from cross point of balance
7 1/4 inch cross width
8 1/4 inch grip-able handle
27 3/4 inch blade length
2 1/4 inches blade to 1/2 inches (cross to tip)
37 1/2 inch over all length
approx 1/2 inch thickness
1 1/2 inch ring (nagel) height
Blackfencer 1821 Three Bar Hilt Sabre
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.
2 lb, 2 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)