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.
Arms & Armor
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.