The Cold Steel Cinquedea is fitted with a sharpened and deeply fullered blade forged from 1055 high carbon steel. The crossguard and pommel are of steel and elaborated with etched design. The grip is carved from wood and finished with cross-hatched etchings, steel grip pins and an intersecting steel band. It is paired with a scabbard of leather completed with an intricately etched steel locket and chape.
Though an iconic blade of the early Italian Renaissance city-states, the Cinquedea owes it unique form to antiquity; The wide and fullered blade has its origin in the swords and daggers of the bronze and early iron age. As everything related to classical antiquity and mythology came into fashion in Renaissance Italy, so too did these Italians find it fashionable to style their arms and armor into an inspired, contemporary version from an idyllic heroic age.
Though the Cinquedea would afford its owner the height of fashion as a sidearm, it was still an effective sidearm because they were based on tried-and-true designs from the past. The sharply tapered blade is a potent thrusting blade which can quickly widen a wound into an exceptionally wide injury as the blade is pressed further into the target. The wide base of the blade imparts a substantial amount of durability which allows the blade to endure forceful parries. Nearly a short sword in size, the Cinquedea is small enough to be capably used for defense in small rooms and alleyways, yet large enough to capably deal with larger weapons in such spaces. Fashionable, yet effective and relatively compact the Cinquedea was the desired blade of much Italys well-heeled Renaissance denizens.