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This is a photo from the museum of Borås
In the store room was this rather nice XIIa.
It was one of the swords that served as inspiration for the NextGen XIIa.
(the cross and pommel especially...)
Edition Medieval War Sword
(Oakeshott Type XIIa)
original swords of war from the 13th and 14th C., one is always impressed
by their powerful presence. A massive size combines with harmonic proportions,
lending them a majestic grace.
This visual impact follows through in their handling: a strong authority
combined with a smooth control of edge and point. Two major types of these
battlefield weapons are classified as Oakeshott type XIIa ad XIIIa. They
generally have a blade length of 85-95 cm, when in hand and a half size.
Their grips give ample room for two hands.
Despite being rather massive they have such a balance that they could
be wielded in one hand, although two-handed use was probably preferred.
Those weapons classified by modern students of arms as Oakeshott type
XIIa are recognized by being wide at the base and tapering to a well defined
Our Baron Type XIIa has a blade shaped to allow certain stiffness for
the thrust while being primarily dedicated to slashing and cleaving. The
powerful mass of this sword is well managed by a careful distribution
of mass together with a long grip and results in very good handling characteristics.
This is a sword for the battlefield but can be used in the fencing techniques
of Liechtenauer, although the wide and acutely sharp blade does not lend
itself too well for half-swording.
With these swords we wanted to make available classic examples of knightly
battlefield weapons of the late 13th and early 14th centuries. As on all
swords in this line they are based on documentation of and impressions
from several original swords. Special care has been taken so that their
blades have the same careful distribution of weight and crisp definition
as can be observed in the most well preserved originals.
A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
is offered in a limited edition of only 1,000 collectible swords worldwide.
Overall length: 47.375" (120 cm)
Blade length: 37.25" (95 cm)
Blade width at base: 2.3125" (5.8 cm)
CoG: 5.25" (13.2 cm)
CoP: 22.125" (56 cm)
Weight: 3 lbs 15 oz (1.8 kilos)
You can customize your sword's
grip color -- see the standard grip colors here.
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before this limited edition collectible sword runs out!
handmade scabbard is also available for this sword.