Royal Armouries Sword IX.2141. This sword was reputedly found in a peat bog together with another sword that is now in Rome. Comparable swords have also been found elsewhere across parts of Europe. This type of sword could have been carried at the beginning of the Hundred Years’ War, and this particular example features several distinctive features. The subtly shaped crossguard curves towards the blade, tapering and then swelling at the terminals, and the pommel has very particular angles and facets. The hilt sits very comfortably in the hand. The broad leaf-like straight blade is of a flattened-diamond cross-section, double-edged, with a narrow fuller to reduce mass. The width swells slightly where it meets the hilt and the gracefully curved edges finish in an acute thrusting tip. The sword is quite light for its size but has a lot of blade presence and power in the hand.
This replica is crafted with a hand-forged blade by an experienced, skilled blacksmith using modern 1080 high-carbon steel that is fully tempered and distally tapered for proper weight distribution. The sheath is made with a wood body and covered with leather. The tip is reinforced with a brass chape that features ornate cut-outs and an acorn tip. At the throat, the leather extends upward and covers part of the guard at the ricasso. Includes a certificate of authenticity on heavy stock, a tin of Windlass Classic Wax, and a polishing cloth. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts, the original can be seen in the Royal Armories Collection, Object Number IX.2141.
Notstupid (verified owner) –
Nice looking sword, I’ve been wanting a sword from the Royal Armouries Museum line of swords since they tend to have good quality fittings and finish, which remained true when I received the sword. Its massive and very blade heavy for an arming sword, so it has a learning curve, and you might compare it to the Alexandria swords that are popular right now, although I don’t have one to compare it to. I found that it’s pretty bad if you want to swing it around indoors because of it’s momentum, which resulted in me hitting my ceiling light and making a mess. You want to swing this around outside, somewhere open, since you have to put your whole body into using the sword, it cant be done with just the wrist. Because of this, German sword techniques seem to work best with it, you hold it with a handshake grip and it works good with a thumb on the blade. It is a bit annoying that the sword doesn’t come sharpened as its catered to a UK audience, so I had kultofathena sharpen it, which came out a lot better than i expected, even if the edge isn’t angled as much as some people like, it cuts through paper like butter and as far as I can tell I’ve never used a sharper blade.
Yusef Hajeh –
I bought this sword since i liked the shape of this type of blade, I had it sharpened and was a lot better than I expected, and cuts bottles pretty well. When I got it there were 0 issues with the sword and really shows the level of effort Matt Easton and Royal Armouries put into designing it. I was going to give it a 5 star review but i found out that the scabbard is not as nice as i thought it would be. Day one you get the scabbard and perfectly tight, you could hold it upside down and even shake it and it wouldn’t come out. now its day 4 and if I hold it upside down it slides out a lot easier, I was expecting something this tight to loosen like that maybe over a month or two. When I looked inside the scabbard I noticed that the wood core is not actually fitted to the sword, rather its much larger than the blade but has a strip of leather giving it friction. I’ll be pretty disappointed with the scabbard if it just becomes completely loose and rattly over time since a large part of wanting to buy the sword was because I thought it had a good scabbard.