For aficionados of the European sword, this weapon is instantly recognizable. The design is the result of a hands-on study of a famous and much admired sword in the collection of the British Museum. Grasping the hilt of this sword evokes a feeling of calm and attentiveness: the serenity of a knight at his vigil. It is a manifestation of competent power, serious intent and exquisite balance. It is wonderfully ready in the hand, taking little effort to accelerate, striking with force and precision.
The original is one of those blades that shine across the centuries, rating among the absolute best swords from the high middle ages that are still in existence today. Its original maker(s) and owner(s) are unknown to us, and yet we are allowed a rare insight into the reality of their mindset and competence, merely by grasping the hilt and savouring the lines of the blade, appreciating its confident presence. A fine example of high mastery of the craft, both in skill of hands and materials, but perhaps most in awareness and understanding of the idea of the sword. In fact, in many ways this sword is unique. The lines and curves of the blade draw the eye, and offer no natural place to rest. This lends a very dynamic and powerful visual presence to the weapon.
Its dating has been debated: first half of the 13th Century is perhaps a reasonable estimate. Oakeshott believed it to be older, dating back to the first half of the 12th Century while others prefer to date it to the early 14th Century.
The intention of the Vigil is to offer students and enthusiasts of the traditional European sword an opportunity to enjoy the full richness of a singular and outstanding sword. The ambition has been to channel as much as possible of the subtle beauty and uncompromising functionality of the original sword into the design. The final result is a sword that builds on a contemporary sword smiths impressions and personal notes, but credit shall be given to the master who forged the original centuries ago.
The Vigil has a hand ground high carbon steel blade that is tempered for flexibility and edge retention. The crossguard and pommel are cast from mild steel. The grip is stabilized birch wood, cord-wrapped and fitted over with tight leather.
The sword grip comes in a selection of colors, please select an option below.