Royal Armouries 15th Century Long Sword

£869

The Windlass Sword Collection is brought to you as a collaboration between the Royal Armouries, Windlass Steelcrafts and sword expert Matt Easton.  

You may have heard of Matt Easton through his YouTube channel, where he has rightly gained a wide and passionate following of enthusiasts who appreciate his expansive knowledge of swordsmanship. Matt had been searching for a set of medieval swords to recreate, with each minute detail and measurement captured. Naturally he came to the Royal Armouries, home of the UK’s national collection of arms and armour to make this selection.  

This new collection comprises a set of six historical swords, manufactured by Windlass Steelcrafts. Using the finest steel and materials, forged by the most skilled craftsmen, the Windlass Sword Collection is truly history brought to life. Every aspect of the original artefact has been considered in production, to deliver the most authentic experience. Whether it be the weight, proportion or feeling in the hand, the Windlass Collection Swords are replicas in a class of their own. 

This replica is a reproduction of Royal Armouries IX.16, a handmade ferrous metal sword with a two-edged blade. Early 15th century.

This is a reproduction of an early 15th century longsword, believed to have been found in the River Thames before finding its way into the Royal Armouries collection. Dating to around 1400-1430, this sword features a two-handed hilt with scent-stopper pommel. The stiff and acutely-tapered blade ends in a robust but slender point. This type of sword was used in one or two hands, depending on circumstance, and in armored combat the blade could also be gripped in halfswording, to better drive the point into the gaps of an armored opponent, and also to use the crossguard and pommel for wrestling and striking. Similar types of swords would have carried at the time of Agincourt. 

The blade of this sword has three transitions, from a hollow ground blunt ricasso next to the guard, to a hexagonal cross-section and finally to the flattened diamond section point. This sword strikes with authority, despite the narrow appearance. This is due to the surprisingly thick section for most of the length of the blade, making it very stiff, and ideally suited to halfswording and thrusting into things like mail voiders at the armpits of an enemy's armour. A relatively nimble sword, but with more blade presence than you might expect.

This replica is crafted with a hand forged blade, by an experienced, skilled blacksmith using modern 1080 high carbon steel that is fully tempered and is distally tapered for proper weight distribution. The sheath is made with a wood body and covered with leather. The tip is reinforced with a brass chape that features a traditional cut-out. At the throat, the leather extends upward and covers part of the guard at the ricasso.

Includes a certificate of authenticity on heavy stock, Windlass Classic Wax and polishing cloth.

 

 

Dimensions:

Overall:  46-1/2" 

Blade:    36-1/2", double edge 

Guard:   10-3/18" wide 

Blade width at ricasso: 1-3/4" 

Blade is distally tapered: 5/16" thick at guard, 13/64" at tip 

Weight: 3 lb, 6 oz. 

Please note that price includes VAT.

Not completely happy with your product? You can return or exchange unwanted items up to 35 days after purchase. - extended to 61 days during Covid-19 pandemic.

The only items that we cannot accept are earrings for pierced ears and perishable items, such as food or drink.

If there is an issue with the product please contact the Royal Armouries online shop customer service team via email at shopping@armouries.org.uk

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