Edition Medieval Sword
(Oakeshott Type Xa)
is named after the French term for "knight" (from the French
cheval = horse; Old French chevalier; from Late Latin caballrius, horseman;
Middle English chevaler; Modern English, cavalier.)
A classic Medieval cruciform sword in design, with its long blade this
would have excelled as a horseman's sword.
is classified as an Oakeshott Type Xa. Oakeshott describes the typical
Type Xa as a broad flat blade of medium length with a narrow fuller (narrower
than a typical Type X, but not as narrow as a Type XI), running the entire
length of the blade.
The Chevalier's blade is inspired by a beautiful sword in the Wallace
Collection (London) with a hollow-ground cross-section. Scholars generally
have dated this sword to the 14th century, but Oakeshott in Records
of the Medieval Sword argues that it is probably much earlier -- between
1050 and 1150 AD.
The hilt design is inspired by the famous miniature by Matthew Paris (a
Benedictine monk and chronicler), c 1250. The pommel is a scalloped wheel
resembling a flower, the guard is a flattened diamond in cross-section.
The grip is standard with a diamond-pattern strap
overwrap secured with pins.
Paris miniature c 1250
Though the point is narrow enough for thrusting,
this is principally a cutting sword, designed for use against opponents
in mail armour. This is a unique design for a Crusader era sword, elegant
and yet still brutally functional.
That Sword Contest Winner
Greyson R. Brown
"I propose that you name this sword The Chevalier. In France,
a knight was known as a chevalier. This word is derived from the French
word for horse, and indicates the special status and ability, namely the
owning and riding of horses, of that individual. This sword, too, would
have shown off that status of any knight, yet is not so decorative as
to preclude its use on the field of battle."
A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
is offered in a limited edition of only 500 collectible swords worldwide.
Blade length: 33.75" (86
Blade width: 2" (5 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 5
oz (1.05 kg)
Please specify your sword's grip
and overwrap color (see
the standard grip colors here).
The Chevalier (Type
before this limited edition collectible sword runs out!