Gallery of past work

Early 14th Century Warsword (Oakeshott Type XIIa). The inspiration for this sword was drawn from a number of period examples.

Stats:

Overall Length: 47” (119,4 cm)
Blade Length: 36 3/4 in. (93,3 cm)
Blade Width. 2.185” (5,5 cm)
Weight: 3 pounds 7 oz. (1558 grams)
Grip: Octagonal wood core with leather cover in Abbey black
Steel: 80CRV2 high carbon steel
Fittings: mild steel

In September 2016, I had the pleasure of documenting a number of iconic swords at the MET. I joined Peter Johnsson, Kevin Cashen, and Lee Jones on a 3 day study trip. One of the more interesting swords we documented was this rather short Type X. I tried to stay true to the dimensions of the original, but purposely altered many of the imperfections of the original. My goal was to create a “corrected” version of the original.

This was a commission, but if you are interested in this sword, contact me at eric@crownforge.net for more information.

The original sword.
Documenting the original.

Stats:

Overall Length: 36 1/8 in. (91.8 cm)
Blade Length: 29 3/4 in. (75.6 cm)
Blade Width. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Weight: 2 lb. 2 oz. (964 grams)
Grip: wood core, linen underwrap, and leather cover, medium brown color
Steel: 80CRV2 high carbon steel
Fittings: mild steel

PHOTOS: MICHAEL GARD PHOTOGRAPHY

_MTG6519-sm

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.

Stats:

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

Price: $2,300 $2070 (domestic US shipping included) SOLD

Contact me at eric@crownforge.net if you are interested in purchasing this sword.

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Photos:

Photos: Michael Gard Photography

Review from Owner:

Recently, I had an opportunity to get two swords from Eric at the same time. This is not my first order from Eric, so I do not need to specify that I had full confidence in Eric’s work. The shipment of the two swords to Belgium was impeccable. In addition, Eric’ communication during the process was great.

Back to the order: the first sword was a Norman-type sword with a curved guard that was like an original in Alfred Geibig’s work. I asked Eric to mix elements of the Albion Soberg with the Next Gen Gaddjhalt. The result was a long blade with a typical brazil nut pommel. Eric perfectly understood the dynamics of this type sword. This was evident when he suggested different hilt proportions for me to choose from that would help to maximize the sword’s performance. The result is perfect! It is definitely a horseman’s sword with a lively feel, good cutting power and a long reach.  It is not easy to combine all these characteristics in one sword.

The second sword was a XIIIb. This sword is my surprise sword of the year. I was not initially drawn to this sword.  Eric had made this sword for the Atlanta Blade Show, but it did not sell at the show. This was probably because of its unique aesthetics. These spherical pommel swords are not common in many parts of Europe, but there are several excellent examples in Scandinavia that Eric was able to document with fellow maker, Peter Johnsson. While Eric was working on the Norman sword, I decided to purchase the XIIIb. When it was time to ship the Norman sword, Eric shipped the XIIIb with it.  The swords were well packaged and arrived in perfect condition.

Recently, I was able to do some test cutting with both swords. I immediately liked the feel and cutting power of the Norman sword.  This was not my first sword of this style, so I was familiar with how it should cut and feel. It was 10 out of 10 for cutting.  The big surprise, however, was the XIIIb!  After cutting with this sword, I fell in love with it. It is the perfect sword for fighting on foot. The wide, thin blade, combined with excellent balance, makes this sword a very effective cutter. I would compare the cutting power to bigger hand-and-a-half swords like the Albion Baron. Even though the spherical pommel is large, its shape was quite comfortable during the cutting tests. In short, I love this sword!

In closing, I don’t think it is necessary to mention, but I will anyway: Eric’s fit and finish is excellent. So, in the end, I now have two successful orders from Eric to add to my collection.

                                                                                                     –Pierre Gossart

_MTG6541-sm ver 2

Classic 15th century longsword with a pear shaped, Type V pommel and straight guard with lobbed ends.  This sword is balanced to be a precise thruster as well as a lively cutter.

Stats:

Overall Length = 48.5″ (123,2 cm)
Blade Length = 36.25″ (92,1 cm)
Blade Width = 1.93″ (4,9 cm)
Weight = 3 pounds 7 oz (1568 grams)
Point of Balance = 3.5″ (9,0 cm)
Center of Percussion = 24.4″ (62,0 cm )
Steel = 1075 blade, mild steel fittings
Grip Color: Brown, Steel Wire

Price: $2,650 $2000.00 (domestic US shipping included) SOLD

Contact me at eric@crownforge.net if you are interested in purchasing this sword.

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Photos:

Photos: Michael Gard Photography

 

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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.

SFandT Photo
The original sword as show in the book The Sword – Form and Thought

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.

St. Annen XII
The geometric strategy I used for this sword

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.

Stats:

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.

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