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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Swords

I am not in the best frame of mind this morning and as such am going to postpone the story of the "Smorgasbord Spanking" and instead, respond to the curiosity of a few of you who expressed interest in the sword collection I mentioned. Here are some shots of not just my swords, but the 'collection' as a whole.

All the pieces shown are either "battle ready" replicas or authentic antiques. None of these following pieces are "decorative". "Battle ready" means that the sword or weapon is made exactly to the standards of the originals, employing forged carbon steel, and could be used as they were intended without fear of breakage. Decorative pieces are cheaper, easier to maintain, but only good for hanging on a wall of for costumes. Decorative pieces would likely break if used as a real sword.

The Medieval/Renaissance stuff:


On the right is my first sword: a replica but 'battle ready' crusader style broadsword from around the 1300s. (On the left is a cinquedea, which is much later @1500s)

A nice array showing how my collection is displayed. From left to right we have a Polish Pole axe, a German flanged mace, a main gauche dagger, a basket weave, flamberge rapier, a heavy war hammer, and on top a spear with lug, sometimes referred to as a 'boar spear' even when not being used for boar. 

A better shot of the previous pieces.

Rosa gave me this last Father's Day. It is awesome to wield!

And all of my 'kids' chipped in to get me this battle axe, (which I modified a bit) on that same Father's Day.

This is one of my favorite pieces: a St. Michael's 'falchion' (@1400's). My daughter, Michelle has the same piece.  It's just beautiful and very wieldy. 

And last up for this time period is Rosa's Pilsen rapier.

Later periods:

An Indo-Persian talwar with a replica blade but authentic handle from about the 1700's or early 1800s. 

A replica Polish karabela, @1600s.

For some reason I don't usually think of these two as part of the collection, but they are swords and they are actual antiques, both circa 1800s. 

And finally.......the new guy on the block........

A replica Norman "arming sword" from around 1100s. 

As a RenFaire-type person, I have other stuff too. But you can see all that when I post RenFaire pictures, or look back to pictures from the past. (I always recommend that people new to this blog, and who like it, take the time to scroll back and check out some past posts. There are some goodies to be found, I assure you.....and not just in weaponry! LOL)


















6 comments:

  1. a very interesting thing to collect. Do you need permits for battle ready as you would / may for a gun?

    i pity the robber who may try their luck only to be met with someone wielding such a sword

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    1. No. No permits are needed. Hell, if you did, then you'd need them for a bunch of things from garden tools to kitchen knives. ;-)
      As for your last comment, given enough time, if a robber forcibly entered, they'd encounter something a bit more lethal that did in fact require a permit. LOL. But.....you gave me an interesting hypothetical to ponder: "if I had to grab something off that wall quickly for personal defense, what would it be?" After some thought the clear winner was not a sword at all but the German flanged mace........for a whole bunch of tactical reasons.

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  2. Very cool.

    I especially like the handle on the rapiers, but the fachion is eye catching as well.

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    1. Thank you. The hilts and guards of rapiers were quite elaborate but while stylish actually had a practical purpose: to ensnare one's opponent's blade thus disabling it...at least temporarily.

      The falchion is a wonderful piece. The single-edged sword is evocative of sabers which came much later, but they appeared pretty early on and not just in Eastern styles.

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