The Kern

(Oakeshott Type XIX)

The largest component of medieval Irish armies were the Kern (ceitherne or ceitheirn — ‘a warband’). Sometimes composed of displaced nobility and other times commoners in search of loot, these were mercenary forces that saw action in many conflicts across the British Isles. Our Kern displays a distinctly Irish form of hilt, with its ring pommel and slightly “S” curved ornate bowtie guard. Oakeshott describes the Type XIX as a broad flat blade that has clearly chamfered edges that run nearly parallel, a fuller that runs through the upper third, and a flat ricasso section at the base of the blade. The blade is of hexagonal cross-section

Overall length: 40″ (101.6 cm)
Blade length: 33.75″ (85.73 cm)
Blade width: 1.48″ (3.76 cm)
CoG: 7″ (17.78 cm)
CoP: 23″ (43.82 cm)
Weight: 1 lbs 14.5 oz (0.865 kilos)
This sword is offered in a limited edition of 100 swords worldwide.


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Additional information

Grip Option

Leather wrap, Black, Leather wrap, Red, Leather wrap, Oxblood, Leather wrap, Dark Brown, Leather wrap, Campaign Brown, Leather wrap, Custom Dye

Hilt Finish

Satin Polish, Blackened Parts, Antique