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Arms & Armor Battle Ready
Arms & Armor Calliano Sword - AA246

Arms & Armor Calliano Sword

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Overall Length: 44 1/2'' Blade: 36 1/8''

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Blade: 6150 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 3 lb 2.3 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 5 5/8''
Thickness: 5 mm - 2.2 mm
Width: 41.3 mm
Grip Length: 5 1/4''
Pommel: Peened

The Calliano Sword crafted by Arms & Armor has a blade of 6150 high carbon steel that has been tempered to 50 HRC. The crossguard and pommel are of darkened steel and the hardwood grip is of black leather with a spiralled riser underneath for a form-fitted grip.

The Calliano sword is based on an original 15th Century sword that is within the collection of the Askeri Museum in Istanbul. The broad blade, S-Curved guard, and a cats-head-like pommel squarely place this sword in a style that was common in the Adriatic region. It is also a style strongly associated with Venice; the Doge of Venice often employed mercenaries from Dalmatia to serve not only in the armed forces of Venice, but also as his personal bodyguard.

The stout blade is hexagonal in cross section and it has a short, abrupt point in the tip - it is a style described in italian as the ‘’spada schiavonescha’’ - essentially meaning ‘’Slavic Sword’’ - a clear reference to the foreign warriors hired as men of arms to fight under the banner of Venice and her burgeoning trade empire. Employ in the service of Venice was an enviable rise in station for these ambitious warriors.

The wide blade is clearly intended to deliver decisive chops and hacks. A strong and stout arm could wield this sword single-handedly, but the grip is long enough to comfortably allow a two-handed use with some overlap of the pommel.

Swords of this type have survived into the present by being within the collections of the armory of the Venetian Doge and as captured prizes by the Ottoman Turks. The name of this sword, as dubbed by Arms & Armor, derives from the 1487 Battle of Calliano where swords such as this likely saw battle.

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