The Darksword Armory Charlemagne Sword is one of their most anticipated projects and has been in development since Darksword Armory founder Eyal Azarad’s visit to the Louvre. A broad, solid blade with a single fuller matches the antique on display, and is made from 5160 high carbon steel as are all our blades. The tang for this sword was made especially thick in order to provide additional stability. The hilt furniture, however, is where the quality of our work truly shines. The handle on the original, as well as its crossguard, and pommel were made from gold and many modern reproductions use brass or gold-plated metal; Darksword Armory uses the lost wax process to cast the hilt furniture of this reproduction out of bronze. The incredible detail on our version of Joyeuse is one of the only battle-ready versions of Charlemagne’s sword available today.
The blade is forged from 5160 high carbon steel which has been differentially tempered to have hardened edges of 60 HRc and a core of flexing, shock absorbing 48-50 HRc hardness. The hilt is solid and well-cast brass and the blade is peened into the hilt for a robust construction. Included is a wood-core scabbard which is tightly bound in leather and completed with a protective steel chape and an integrated sword belt for wear