(Oakeshott Type XVIIIe)
Oakeshott indicates that the Type XVIIIe, with its long narrow diamond-shaped blade and even more narrow ricasso, was quite common in Denmark — with many surviving examples that are either Danish in origin or possibly Italian. The Danish style of XVIIIe seems to also be characterized by the down-turned quillons and a very long banded grip (either solid metal bands or by wire.) Our Dane is based on Peter Johnsson’s documentation of originals of this type. XVIIIe’s are visually imposing, yet still light and swift enough to deliver terrible blows and piercing thrusts. The grip for the Dane is stabilized wood wrapped with leather and with sections bound with metal wire. This is a dedicated thruster, but as with many of these thick, stiff and pointy swords, the cutting performance should not be underestimated. This is a sword made for armoured fighting. It is like a great long and sharp-edged awl with a positive massive feel. Not sluggish. Very stiff, nasty and aggressive. An unusual and different type.
Overall length: 58″ (147 cm)
Blade length: 42″ (106.7 cm)
Blade width at base: 1.4″ (3.5 cm)
CoG: 4″ (10.2 cm)
CoP: 24.5″ (62.2 cm)
Weight: 4 lbs 10 oz (2.1 kg)
This sword is a limited edition of 100 swords worldwide.