This early 14th century sword is based on well-preserved original in the Musee de l’ Armee in Paris; with a gilded hilt, fine proportions and extensive blade inscription its provenance is almost assuredly that of Royalty. Famed sword historian Oakeshott believed it to have come from the Chartres Cathedral and that it was deposited there by Philippe IV (Philippe the Fair) along with a suit of armor in gratitude to God for his victory in battle at Mons en Pouille.
This recreation of that Kingly sword has a blade of high carbon steel with a tempered hardness of 48-52 HRc. The etched inscription on both sides of the blade bears the motto “NULLA DE VIRTUTIBUS TUIS MAJOR CLEMINTIA EST” – “Nothing of your virtues is greater than clemency”. The blade is stoutly peened over the steel block on the pommel for a tough and robust construction. The crossguard and pommel are cast from brass and the wood grip is tightly bound in quality stitched leather. The peen block on the pommel is of steel.
The sword is matched with a wood-core scabbard which is tightly bound in vibrant red leather and completed with brass fittings and a pair of brass hanging rings for wear.
sam (verified owner) –
The blade has a decent warp of 5-7 degrees right at the end of the fuller/center of percussion that really affects the edge alignment when cutting with what should be the sweet spot. The general effect is that I have to turn grip to get any kind of edge alignment.
The blade design still makes it a very solid cutter
KOA’s sharpening service was very good.