Edition Medieval Sword
(Oakeshott Type XVIII)
This sword is named with an eye to the powerful
and dynamic Burgundian lords of the 15th C. A few swords of this style
have survived to our times. You can see examples in the Cluny museum in
Paris, the Wallace Collection in London and the Schweizerischen Landesmuseum
in Zürich. The sculpting of the hilts are expertly done, making the most
of line, plane and volume. The effect is similar to the frozen growth
of foliage in late gothic wood sculptures.
The guard shares some elements of design with the pommel, in the cutouts
and ridges that define the shape. This is unusual in Medieval swords where
the guard is normally quite distinct from the pommel in character. Sometimes
there are exceptions and this seemed like a good occasion to let the whole
hilt show variations of the same form elements.
Hilts like this, with strongly sculpted volumes, sit particularly well
on blades that are defined by deeply concave edge bevels and prominent
It can often be difficult to pinpoint a geographic origin for medieval
sword types. Oakeshott believed that it would not be unreasonable to see
a north west European association for type V pommels.
The Burgundian shares the same blade as the Kingmaker and has similar
handling characteristics. The mass is mostly centered to the upper half
of the blade, close to the hilt and in the rather massive pommel. The
thick spine of the blade provides good stiffness. This means the sword
is maneuverable and powerful, with good thrusting capabilities.
When you hold original swords of this type and size there is an immediate
impression of a solid fighting weapon. The Burgundian is developed to
provide exactly the same feeling: a weapon balanced for swift movement
and powerful delivery. Something to defend your life with in a melee.
A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
This sword is offered in a limited edition of only 500 collectible swords
Overall length: 39.125" (99.4 cm)
Blade length: 32.25" (81.9 cm)
Blade width: 1.87" (4.75 cm)
CoG: 4.25" (10.58 cm)
CoP: 21.75" (55.2 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 11 oz (1.21 kg)
You can customize your grip color -- see the standard grip colors here.
The Burgundian (Type XVIII)...
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