The Blackfencer Bastard sword offers something a little smaller in proportions than the normal longswords. The "hand and a half" length hilt combined with slightly shorter blade gives it a unique, yet very historical feeling in the hand. Be aware that fitting heavy HEMA gloves on this handle is a challenge, this sword is best used with minimal gloves.
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.
Arms & Armor
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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