The Valiant Armoury Craftsman Series Castillon Sword is based on 15th century museum originals from the Castillon hoard; a trove of 80 swords found together in the Dordogne river. The swords date to the closing years of the Hundred Years War and the circumstances of their finding suggests that these swords were all lost together when an English military supply barge foundered in the river whilst on-route to resupply English-held castles in the Dordogne river valley. These swords had a surprising amount of uniformity and shared design aspects so they likely originated from a small number of sources in England.
The blade is crafted from 6150 high carbon steel which was twice-normalized for superior internal grain structure and to ensure that the blade would be evenly tempered for optimal heat treatment. The blade has a hardness of 52 HRc and appleseed edge geometry for a sharp and damage-resistant blade edge.
The crossguard and pommel are fashioned from steel and the grip is tight leather bound over hardwood. The blade is robustly anchored into the hilt with a hot peen assembly. The sword is matched with a wood-core scabbard which is tightly wrapped in high quality leather. Knotted leather bands with buckles form the sword hangers and these are matched with an adjustable sword belt of fine and durable leather. This sword and its scabbard were entirely made in the USA.