This custom longsword was crafted by Michael Tinker Pearce; its sharply tapered piercing blade is 5160 high carbon steel with a final marquenched and tempered hardness of 53 HRc. For greater resilience and durability the blade tang and shoulder are 45 – 48 HRc.
The crossguard and pommel are steel and the tang is mounted into hilt with a permanently set nut. The grip is poplar wood which is bound in linen cordage and tightly wrapped in leather. The sword is paired with a custom scabbard which is carved from stain-finished wood.
Swords of this sort arose late in the 14th C. in response to the increasing use of plate armor, with a fine, stiff point to penetrate the links of mail between the plates. The sword is still capable of cutting, though it is not as good at this as less specialized types. Despite it’s weight the close CoG and low moment arm of this sword make it quite lively in the hands. A brutal and effective weapon on the battlefield! – Tinker Pearce