Medieval Swords


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mordechaianiliewicz
September 18, 2013, 08:36 PM
How many of you out there have a medieval or Renaissance Sword?

I have one which I've owned for 5 years, and though I don't get a lot of use out of it, I do enjoy it.

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hso
September 18, 2013, 08:43 PM
Do you mean a real one from the period or do you mean a reproduction?

If reproduction, do you mean a usable one that will withstand repeated cutting tests or a wall hanger or a waister?

leadcounsel
September 18, 2013, 10:08 PM
I have several. 3 longswords. 2 or 3 shortswords. Also have a battle ax. I don't like junk swords, so these are real. I like weapons of that period.

tomrkba
September 18, 2013, 10:23 PM
kultofathena.com has quite a few. I really like Arms & Armor and Albion.

mordechaianiliewicz
September 18, 2013, 10:38 PM
I am referring to a reproduction that is capable of test cuts. "Live steel" as it were.

Though practice blades are cool to have.

tomrkba
September 18, 2013, 11:56 PM
Check out Sword Buyer's Guide. They post quite a few reviews for cutting swords in various price ranges.

http://www.sword-buyers-guide.com/

hso
September 19, 2013, 12:18 AM
In that case, yes, I have a few.

Black Butte
September 19, 2013, 12:48 AM
Another vote for Albion. They make the best production (non-custom) medieval swords that are both battle ready and historically accurate.

http://www.albion-swords.com/

Made in the USA!

Black Butte
September 19, 2013, 12:54 AM
My Albion Baron:

Berkley
September 19, 2013, 12:57 AM
http://i43.tinypic.com/169ndl5.jpg
Angus Trim Type X. As you say, there's not a lot of use for one of these, but it is great fun when you feel like taking out a few soda bottles or pool noodles.http://www.katzy.dsl.pipex.com/Smileys/knight2.gif

glistam
September 19, 2013, 05:51 PM
I have a few cheap wall-hangers, but have a small sidesword that cuts nicely enough. I also have a very good Italian rapier that I actually get to hit people with! (blunted and baited)

mordechaianiliewicz
September 19, 2013, 07:07 PM
I have been looking at a Hanwei Arming Sword. Or possibly a Viking sword.

Also considering getting a scimitar, or shamshir.

Thankyou tomrkba for the sword buyer guide.

NoirFan
September 20, 2013, 01:04 PM
I have a reproduction of a German 15th century longsword, made by Lutel (http://www.lutel-handicraft.com/?p=productsList&iCategory=29&sName=Hand-and-a-half-swords) in the Czech republic:

http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab332/Inspbumstead/15thcenturylongsword.jpg
Photo by myarmoury.com

It's a lot less shiny now and the leather is worn, but the edge is sharp and the hilt is as tight as ever. I really like it and won't ever sell it, but at that price point you will always have some historical inaccuracies. The point should have more taper for that time period, and the blade should probably be hollow ground.

I was an ancient and medieval weapons guy before I got into firearms so I'm looking forward to seeing more swords in this thread.

USAF_Vet
September 22, 2013, 03:55 PM
I used to have several, from wall hangers and waisters to "battle ready" swords. Sold them all off except my Cold Steel Grosse Messer.
It doesn't see much use, but it's a beautiful sword.

tomrkba
September 24, 2013, 07:30 PM
I have been looking at a Hanwei Arming Sword. Or possibly a Viking sword.

Also considering getting a scimitar, or shamshir.

Thankyou tomrkba for the sword buyer guide.

You're welcome. It's a great site.

jdh
September 25, 2013, 12:44 AM
"Shaving sharp"

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e236/jhooten/DSCN0500.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/jhooten/media/DSCN0500.jpg.html)

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e236/jhooten/DSCN0504.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/jhooten/media/DSCN0504.jpg.html)

By Angel Sword, Driftwood Texas.

Voodoochile
September 27, 2013, 11:08 AM
My copy of a English Archers Sword & yes it's quite capable of real fighting.

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu354/Raider2000Va/Archerssword_zps23e66276.jpg (http://s663.photobucket.com/user/Raider2000Va/media/Archerssword_zps23e66276.jpg.html)

Sentryau2
September 27, 2013, 12:24 PM
Have a windlass classic medieval sword, a bit blade heavy but otherwise very well built I was looking more for a light arming sword. I'll stick with my hook swords lol.

Madcap_Magician
September 27, 2013, 01:01 PM
Have a Tinker Pearce fencing saber, custom model. Blade is live.

Cosmoline
September 27, 2013, 01:38 PM
Albion is top-notch. I just got one of their longsword wasters, and it was worth the wait. I haven't graduated to sharps yet, and I'd strongly advise anyone thinking of getting one for cutting targets to get training at a WMA or one of the more reality-based EMA groups before swinging a sharp around. They can very, very easily remove important parts of your anatomy if handled improperly. Plus it's important to know how to cut with them. You don't just swing them like a baseball bat. Well you can, but you won't get nearly as much out if it. These blades, esp. the western ones, are usually seen as little more than bashing instruments thanks to the persistent mishandling in Hollywood movies. In reality they were very sophisticated weapons systems. Everything about the classic longsword is a weapon, and every defensive move is also an attack. If the opponents strike to a bind, you can "wind" by feel to simultaneously block the foe's blade and skewer him, or divert his blade off and drive yours into his skull. Of course he's trying to do the same to you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln94E9AGYTc

We know less about the techniques used during the earlier centuries, but there are folks trying to reconstruct those as well.

My Albion Baron:

Magnificent sword.

Kjay
September 27, 2013, 05:49 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/169ndl5.jpg
Angus Trim Type X. As you say, there's not a lot of use for one of these, but it is great fun when you feel like taking out a few soda bottles or pool noodles.http://www.katzy.dsl.pipex.com/Smileys/knight2.gif
Nice to see this sword again. Glad she has a nice home in Austin.

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