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Type XIV arming swords appear to be quite popular in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. It's also the first type in Oakeshott's typology to have a tip dedicated to thrusts. Since we are great fans of sword and buckler, we wanted to make something suitable for practising I. 33.
The blade is hand-ground from 51crv4 / 6150 steel, heat-treated to 50-52 HrC. The fuller extends into a rather wide tang. The edges are thin to minimize weight without altering the cross-section, as well as to offer experience of a weapon handling close to a sharp blade.
For safety reasons, we have thickened the tip of the sword.
The midportion of the wide cross is connected to the fuller to help lock it in place.
Additionally, we chose a hollow pommel, since it is seen on a number of originals, and makes for a very distinct handling.
The embossed rainguard is made from a well-oiled luxurious half-tan leather.
There are several theories on rainguards: partial finger protection, simple fashion accessory and a protective layer between the thumb and the blade in certain grips. In our opinion they are a beautiful addition to the sword. The half-tan leather is more sturdy in comparison to other leather types, and is sufficiently durable if you plan on using it for protection.
We follow the philosophy of design from the past- hardly any weapons were made pristine. They bore signs of swordmaker's tools, hours of filing and hard work which makes for a unique signature of the maker, and their relationship with the weapon they forge. It means that our pieces are unique, and no two weapons are the same.
The weapon is a practice sword for sparring and technical drills, perfect for Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).
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