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Crusader Chopper - Maciejowski / Morgan Bible Falchion - 501502

Crusader Chopper - Maciejowski / Morgan Bible Falchion

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Overall Length: 32 5/8'' Blade: 19 3/8''
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Blade: 1065 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 3 lb 12 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 1/2''
Thickness: 4.7 mm - 3.7 mm
Width: 35.9 mm - 86.7 mm
Grip Length: 10 1/2''
Pommel: Integrated

The Windlass Crusader Chopper is crafted with a forged, tempered and unsharpened blade of 1065 high carbon steel. The grip is formed from two slabs of wood copper-riveted to the thick blade tang. The bolster and pommel cap are of copper with an antiqued finish.

The Windlass Crusader Chopper is a reproduction of the single-edged ‘’falchion’’ seen the illuminated Maciejowski / Morgan Bible. As no known examples survive, it is unknown whether this unique bladed weapon actually existed outside of the imagination of a fanciful medieval illustrator. Various reproductions produce a working design that can chop and hack with notable power, and the various angled flanges seem purpose-built for puncturing chainmail and helmets.

If it existed, it seems likely that the weapon would have been adapted from a scythe-like farming implement into a bladed pole-sword. While suitably efficient, this single-edged weapon without a complex hilt would have been much easier and cheaper to create than a sword and thus may have been a real weapon for peasant levies and poorer men-at-arms, though its design may have been limited geographically.

If anything it does possess a certain aura of intimidation caused by its coarse geometry and its flanged spikes; it is a cunningly adapted or purpose-built weapon for the butchery of the battlefield wholly absolved of any notion of chivalry.

Its simple construction also provides a plausible explanation as to why no surviving examples exist. Many finely-crafted swords and other arms were passed down through the generations and their symbolism and attachment to a family or an owner caused them to be preserved when nearing the end of their usefulness. A comparatively crude fighting blade such as this Maciejowski Falchion would instead have its steel repurposed by a pragmatic peasant or simple feudal man-at-arms when it outlived its purpose.

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