Edition Medieval Sword
(Oakeshott Type XVIII)
effigies commemorating lords and knights from the mid- to late- 15th C,
we can see that many favoured a single hand cut & thrust sword of elegant
design. They are often of Oakeshott type XVIII or sometimes XV.
Surviving examples of these swords are among the most handsome and impressive
examples of the swordmaker's art throughout the medieval period. They
combine sturdy functionality with beautiful proportions and exquisite
handling characteristics. Short and quick they are capable of shearing
cuts and precise thrusts.
Many of these swords have an eleganlty arched cross guard of style 9 with
highly defined shape cut in planes and bevels. The wheel pommel of type
K with recessed central surfaces is a style that regains popularity at
the end of the century.
We choose name this sword the Kingmaker, alluding to one of the most dynamic
and well known players for power in the Wars of the Roses: Richard Neville,
Earl of Warwick (1428 - April 14, 1471) This sword is a good example of
those knighlty weapons of moderate length that were so popular during
The blade is a fine example of a type classified as Oakeshott XVIII (according
to Oakeshott's The Sword in the Age of Chivalry), combining broad width
at the cutting section with a strong awl-shaped point. It has edges that
arc gracefully to an acute point and hollow ground edge bevles. The raised
midrib resutls in a superior stiffness while the keen edges are crisp
and well defined.
A hollow ground blade can have a thick and stiff spine and still be relatively
light for its size. This well defined cross section helps in keeping weight
down and establishes a quick and responsive balance. The very sharpness
is shaped like the point of an apple seed resulting in an edge that is
both resilient and efficient. This combines in a blade that is supremely
effective in both thrust and cut.
The design follows the harmonic principles of the Golden Section, A principle
that was used in the planning and construction of major works in architecture,
art and crafts of this period.
The hilt components are investment cast in mild steel from original waxes
carved by Peter Johnsson, based on Peter's first-hand examination and
documentation of period originals of this type.
Some customers like to place period coins, religious symbols or heraldry
markers inside the pommel recess. The dimension of the recess are: width:
0.85", depth: 0.187".
A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
is offered in a limited edition of only 100 collectible swords worldwide.
Overall length: 39.25" (99.7 cm)
Blade length: 32.25" (81.9 cm)
Blade width: 1.87" (4.75 cm)
CoG: 4.25" (10.58 cm)
CoP: 19.75" (50.2 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 13 oz (1.275 kg)
You can customize
your sword's grip color -- see the standard grip
The Kingmaker (Type
now before this limited
edition collectible sword runs out!