The Late 13th Century Greatsword

(Oakeshott Type XIIa)

When seeing 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 ad 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. Those weapons classified by modern students of arms as Oakeshott type XIIa are recognized by being wide at the base and tapering to a well defined point. This is a sword for the battlefield but can be used in the fencing techniques of Liechtenauer, although the wide blade does not lend itself too well for half-swording. These swords will not be sold sharp, unless otherwise requested by the customer (sharpening available for a small additional fee.).The grip is of stabilized birch, wrapped with black leather.

Overall length: 47″ (119 cm)
Blade length: 37.25″ (95 cm)
Blade width at base: 2.3125″ (5.6 cm)
CoG: 5.25″ (13.34 cm)
CoP: 26.5″ (67 cm)
Weight: 3 lbs 14 oz (1.76 kilos)


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Grip Option

Leather wrap, Black, Leather wrap, Red, Leather wrap, Oxblood, Leather wrap, Dark Brown, Leather wrap, Campaign Brown, Leather wrap, Custom Dye (add $25)

Hilt Finish

Satin Polish, Blackened Parts (add $55), Antique (add $75)