Edition Medieval Sword
(Oakeshott Type X)
of the European sword, this weapon is instantly recognizable. The design
is the result of a hands-on study of a famous and much admired sword in
a world renown collection.
To hold the original sword in one's hand is awe inspiring: it is a living
testimony to the skill of the master who made it. Even though the Vigil
is extremely close in all its measurements and proportions, some small
details has been intentionally changed or left out. This is to honor the
wishes of those responsible for the collection in which it presently resides.
It does share all dynamic properties as well as overall character in line,
shape and proportion with its awesome predecessor.
Grasping the hilt of this sword evokes a feeling of calm and attentiveness:
the serenity of a knight at his vigil. It is a manifestation of competent
power, serious intent and exquisite balance. It is wonderfully ready in
the hand, taking little effort to accelerate, striking with force and
This is one of those blades that shine across the centuries, rating among
the absolute best swords from the high middle ages that are still in existence
today. Its original maker(s) and owner(s) are unknown to us, and yet we
are allowed a rare insight into the reality of their mindset and competence,
merely by grasping the hilt and savouring the lines of the blade, appreciating
its confident presence. A fine example of high mastery of the craft, both
in skill of hands and materials, but perhaps most in awareness and understanding
of the idea of the sword.
Its dating has been debated: first half of the 13th C is perhaps a reasonable
estimate. Oakeshott believed it to be older, dating back to the first
half of the 12th C, while others prefer to date it to the early 14th C.
The pommel is a classic deep type I. It is ever so slightly oval as if
compressed during the forging of the hollow inside. To allow for both
the correct shape and size, the pommel is made slightly hollow, just like
The guard is of style 2: gently flaring ends of round section that gradually
transitions to the rounded rectangular mid section. This is an unusually
elegant and well proportioned version of this popular type of guard.
Oakeshott classified the blade as a type X. With its double fuller, it
is not a common or typical example of the group, however. In fact, in
many ways this sword is unique. The lines and curves of the blade draw
the eye, and offer no natural place to rest. This lends a very dynamic
and powerful visual presence to the weapon.
The intention of the Vigil is to offer students and enthusiasts of the
traditional European sword an opportunity to enjoy the full richness of
a singular and outstanding sword. The ambition has been to channel as
much as possible of the subtle beauty and uncompromising functionality
of the original sword into the design. The final result is a sword that
builds on a contemporary sword smith´s impressions and personal notes,
but credit shall be given to the master who forged the original centuries
The standard grip on the Vigil is a spiral cord wrap under leather. The
Vigil is also offered with a diamond strap overwrap similar to the Chevalier
grip for an additional $200.
A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
is offered in a limited edition of only 1,000 collectible swords worldwide.
Overall length: 37.9 (96 cm)
Blade length: 32" (81 cm)
Blade width: 2.37" (6 cm)
CoB: 4.33" (11 cm)
CoP: 22" (56.8 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 8 oz (1.14 Kg)
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