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Windlass Steelcrafts – Royal Armouries Collection – Single-Edged Arming Sword


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    Royal Armouries Sword IX.2638. A single-edged arming sword of the mid-15th century, reputedly to come from the site of the Battle of Castillion, near the River Garrone (France) in 1453 and purchased by the Royal Armouries in 1984. A group of over 80 swords is said to have been recovered from the same spot.

    The sword has a single-edged blade, of wedge cross-section, having a false edge on the back of the blade near the tip. The blade is remarkably wide and thin, with a very acute edge geometry leading to a fine edge. The crossguard quillons end in curled tips to retain an opponent’s blade, the asymmetrical grip is located towards the back edge, and the squat scent stopper pommel makes the short grip comfortable to hold. This sword feels very nimble, and it is deceptively light compared to its width, due to the thinness of the blade and distal taper.

    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 is 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.2638.

    Overall Length37 1/2"
    Blade Length31 5/16"
    Weight2 lbs 12.5 oz
    Width57 mm
    Thickness4.4 mm - 2.2 mm
    P.O.B.4 1/4"
    Grip Length3 7/8"
    Blade [1080 High Carbon Steel]
    ManufacturerWindlass Steelcrafts
    Country of OriginIndia

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    1 review for Windlass Steelcrafts – Royal Armouries Collection – Single-Edged Arming Sword

    1. AndrewFowler (verified owner)

      This one didn’t necessarily appeal to me at first because even though I love arming swords, I tend to like stabby ones. But high quality arming swords are hard to come by so I finally decided to try this and it instantly became one of my favorites. I would love to carry this into battle as an archer or billman. As soon as I grab it, all the design features make total sense. The way the grip tapers down from pommel to cross guard makes it melt into my hand. And the pommel is beautiful, comfortable and balances everything out nicely. This blade is formidable but not too heavy and feels like it would be a monster cutter. It also feels like it would be perfectly effective at thrusting against a fellow billman or archer. I own 3 of these Royal Armouries swords now and they all well constructed and handle like a dream. I think this one would be sold out if people had a chance to hold it and see how comfortable and powerful it feels.

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