Edition Medieval War Sword
(Oakeshott Type XIIIa)
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 and 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.
An even more dedicated cutting sword is our Duke Type XIIIa. The blade
has very little profile taper to allow for a very wide and crisp cutting
section. Despite the wide blade it is not a slow and clumsy cousin of
the XIIa. Its heft and balance belies its weight.
Medieval legends tell of knights that in the heat of battle cleaved their
opponents down to the saddle. We can write off such things to the poetic
license of the medieval chroniclers, but if any sword could indeed deliver
such a tremendous cut it would be a sword of this type.
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
This sword is offered in a limited edition of only 500 collectible swords
Total length: 46" (117 cm)
Blade length: 36" (91 cm)
Blade width at base: 2.19" (5.5 cm)
CoG: 5.75" (15 cm)
CoP: 22.25" (57 cm)
Weight: 3 lbs 4 oz (1.47 kilos)
You can customize your sword's grip color
-- see the standard grip colors here.
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A custom handmade scabbard is also available
for this sword.