16th Century Two Handed Sword & Scabbard
Product Code: DA1535
Manufacturer: Darksword Armoury
£520.00 (INC. VAT)
As the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance, the sword became more than just a knightly weapon – it became one of the essential arms of the infantry, as well as the weapon of a gentleman. The two-handed sword had begun as an instrument of war, but now it evolved.
Swordplay in 16th century Germany was a refined martial art, with at least two centuries of development by masters of swordsmanship such as Johannes Liechtenauer, Sigmund Ringeck, and Hans Talhoffer. The longsword was used for judicial duels, which could be armoured or unarmoured. These duels made frequent use of winding and binding, as each swordsman tried to manouevre the tip of their blade into position to strike at their opponent’s head. All across Europe, knowledge of swordplay became a basic requirement for the Renaissance gentleman.
With the longsword being used more and more for duelling and by lightly armoured infantry on the battlefield, the hilt began to evolve away from a simple cruciform shape. Finger rings, known as “the arms of the hilt”, were added to protect the forefinger when it was looped around the guard for extra leverage. Side rings were attached to the guard to protect the ungauntleted hand during deflections, binding and winding. These refinements, along with a knuckle guard on single-handed blades, would give rise to the rapier hilt.
The 16th Century Two-Handed Sword is based on the one displayed at the Tower of London (Wallace collection, A.479), dated to 1500-1525, as well as other German swords from 1500-1550. Its elegant complex hilt features side rings and finger rings for additional hand protection, and it has a triple-fullered Oakeshott type XX blade with a long ricasso. The blade is hand forged from 5160 high carbon steel, the grip high-grade leather wrapped around a wood core – a perfect weapon for the Renaissance battlefield or the judicial duel.
Reference: LaRocca, Donald J., “The Renaissance Spirit.” Published in Swords and Hilt Weapons (SevenOaks, 2012).
5160 High Carbon Steel, Tempered to a Rockwell of 60
Fittings : Mild Steel
Blade width : 2”
Total Length: 45"
Blade Length : 34"
Weight: 3lbs 10 oz.
Price QualityVilgefortzThis sword is beautiful, definitely the best work for the money that I've found yet, the guard is amazing and the peen is carefully polished without scuffing the pommel. The blade was flawless. I was worried as in the picture the handle looks completely round which wouldn't be great for edge alignment. However when it arrived I saw that only the bottom half near the pommel is round and the top half is nicely oval shaped so you can a good feel for the edge of the blade with the main hand and your off hand is your power hand anyway. The one gripe I have is the very slight gap where the blade meets the guard but otherwise very happy and will definitely be buying from darksword armoury again. And as for southern swords they kept me well informed, they were helpful and friendly on the phone and the sword greased and packaged well so will also use again for other stuff. I hate when I order swords and they come with shipping grease on the sword with the sword INSIDE the scabbard but thankfully the sword and scabbard where wrapped in cling film and paper separately then wrapped together. I'm not the best person to comment on weight and balance however nor cutting ability as I'm not experienced with this.