This 15th century Type XVa longsword is inspired by swords from the Castillon find as well as other contemporary 15th century examples. It features an iconic guard with down turned ends, and a faceted pommel. The peen has been forged and then shaped to create a small rivet block at the top of the pommel. The blade has a pleasing distal taper that ends with a reinforced thrusting tip (a detail often seen on period originals). This type of blade is often incorrectly viewed as a “thrusting only” blade. In spite of its rapid profile taper, the edge on this blade is paper cutting sharp.
Overall Length = 44.7″ (113,0 cm)
Blade Length = 35.6″ (90,3 cm)
Blade Width = 1.93″ (4,9 cm)
Weight = 3 pounds 2 oz (1424 grams)
Point of Balance = 3.75″ (9,5 cm)
Center of Percussion = 22.75″ (57,8 cm )
Steel = 1075 blade, mild steel fittings
Grip Color: Black
Inspired by a late 13th century – early 14th century sword that I documented with Swordsmith Peter Johnsson in Sweden. The sword features a spherical pommel that we observed on a number of swords in Sweden (including the original sword that the Albion Mark Tritonia is based on). The blade has a secondary bevel and a reinforced tip. These features combined with a “chef knife” thin area behind the tip, make this sword a real cutter.
Overall Length = 39.5″ (100,3 cm)
Blade Length = 32.5″ (82,6 cm)
Blade Width = 2.9″ (7,5 cm)
Weight = 3 pounds 3 oz (1448 grams)
Point of Balance = 4.0″ (10,0 cm)
Center of Percussion = 23.1″ (59,0 cm )
Steel = 1075 blade, mild steel fittings
Grip Color: Dark Mahogany
This 14th century sword is inspired by a sword in France. I have not documented the original, so this sword is based solely on my interpretation of the original. It features a forged 80CRV2 blade, mild steel guard, and bronze pommel. The blade was heat-treated in a PID controlled, high-temperature salt bath. The salt bath allows for a very precise control of the high-treat process. The guard, pommel, and grip were mounted to the blade using traditional techniques. The grip color is dark brown.
Overall Length: 97,47 cm (38.375″)
Blade Length: 81,28 cm (32″)
Blade Width (at guard): 5,04 cm (1.985″)
Center of Balance (from guard): 11,75 cm (4.625″)
Center of Percussion (from guard): 51,44 cm (20.25″)
Weight: 1166 grams (2.57 lbs.)
Guard: Mild steel
Grip Color: Dark Brown
Blade Steel: 80CRV2
SOLD: $1855 USD (includes domestic US shipping)
Note: I can make a historically accurate scabbard for this sword for an additional price.
This long dagger draws its inspiration from a number of long rondel daggers from the Royal Armouries in Leeds. These daggers would fit into the time period surrounding the epic Battle of Towton during the War of the Roses (House Lancaster vs. House York).
Two examples from the Royal Armouries, Leeds UK:
These long rondel daggers were common on the 15th century battlefield. They were often the weapons of archers and foot soldiers.
This recreation features a hand forged, hollow-ground blade made of 1080 high carbon steel. The octogonal rondels are sandwiched together and made from mild steel. They are hollow to reduce the weight of the dagger. Rivets were used to join the plates together. The hilt is peened together to secure the rondels and grip to the blade. The grip is walnut burl.
The leather sheath has a leather core which was covered in calfskin. The sheath was dyed medium brown with leather stain, and features incised decorative lines on the front. The chevron pattern mimics the kind of simple leather work that was done by soldiers to pass the time between battles. The bottom of the sheath is covered with a bronze chape with decorative filework. The style and shape draws its inspiration from a number of period examples.
Overall length: 26.75″ (67,95 cm) Blade length: 21.25″ (54,0 cm) Blade width: 1.0″ (2,54 cm) Length of grip: 4.25″ (10,8 cm) Weight: Dagger/Sheath 22.5 oz. (638 grams); Dagger 17.4 oz. (493 grams) Blade Material: 1080 high carbon steel Hilt Material: 1018 mild steel Grip Material: Walnut Burl Sheath: Leather core with calfskin cover and suspension strap. Bronze chape with decorative filework.
This was a commission for a friend and local bagpiper. The 14.5″ (36,8 cm) blade is 15N20/1080 random pattern. Brass fittings with a wood grip made of 5000 year old bog oak from the UK. The sheath is a wood core with calf skin cover and brass fittings.
This sword (an Oakeshott Type XII) is inspired by a splendid piece in the St. Annen Museum in Lübeck, Germany. This sword is featured in the book, The Sword — Form and Thought published by the Deutsches Klingen Museum in Solingen, Germany. It contains the research of Swedish swordmaker, Peter Johnsson, for the 2015-2016 exhibit of the same name.
The goal of this project was to further familiarize myself with Peter’s research into the geometry of sword design. This sword was an ideal candidate for learning: it is highly corroded, but clearly, it once was a stunning piece. Because of the corrosion, the final dimensions are unclear, so this leaves room for multiple interpretations. I didn’t want to simply recreate Peter’s research on this sword. I wanted to utilize his geometric strategies to make another interpretation of what this sword may have looked like.
This is a sword for a mounted knight. It has a long blade for an extended reach. In addition, the bronze pommel is weighted to give the blade a lively feel in spite of the blade length. This sword would have made an impression on the battlefield.
Overall Length: 107,0 cm (42.13″)
Blade Length: 90,0 cm (35.43″)
Blade Width (at guard): 5,5 cm (2.17″)
Center of Balance (from guard): 13,0 cm (5.12″)
Center of Percussion (from guard): 61,0 cm (23.62″)
Weight: 1488 grams (3.28 lbs.)
Blade Steel: 80CRV2
Hilt Material: Bronze pommel and iron guard. Grip is a wood core with a linen thread wrap and a leather cover. The grip color is “abbey black.” Abbey black is a color that I prototyped with Emma Martinson at Albion Swords. Because black dye was not always available, monk robes were often over dyed blue (woad) to make a midnight blue, then red (madder) was dyed over the top of it to kill the blue tint. The result is a black that has a slight red tint in bright sunlight, but looks black when in the shade. Due to the two step dye process, you get a black appearance and not dark purple. It is an interesting twist to the regular black dye.
Scabbard: Hand carved basswood core. Leather cover dyed “abbey black.” Red leather belt with forged iron buckle. Forged iron chape with Fleur-de-lis file work.
I want to thank Peter for his help with the numerous questions that came up during the design process.