Type XII Medieval Sword was popular between 1200 and 1350. During the era, medieval swords dedicated to cuting, as opposed to thrusting, were the norm. Strong single handed wide weapons, these battle ready swords were capable of delivery brutal blows to facing opponents. Based on a design belonging to the late 13th, century, the Type XII medieval sword is an interesting example. In essence, the battle ready sword design has become a signature type of the 13th and 14th C. While the straight guard and the Oakeshott Type XII blade is not an unlikely pairing, the fitting of a “Brazil Nut” pommel, seen mainly on medieval swords of Germanic regions of Europe, makes this weapon unique in its own right.
During the Middle Ages, a slow evolution occured in mediebal sword design. Blacksmiths realized that the previous Roman cutting battle ready sword designs could be improved. The blades began to exhibit a taper as well as shorter fullers. These changes resulted in significant improvements. While this new designs were still dedicated to the cut, the blade's taper improved the medieval sword's balance. The shortening of the fuller also aided in maintaining the right distribution of mass needed for decisive cutting as well as effective point control during the thrust. The end result was a battle ready sword as capable in the cut as its predecessors, yet was also far superior in the thrust.
These battle ready swords are among the most common surviving specimens of all medieval weapons. As such, they are also one of the most commonly reproduced medieval swords by today's blacksmiths.
The Type XII Medieval Swords are found in numerous museum collections and specific medieval weapon catalogues.
1060 High Carbon Steel, Tempered to a Rockwell of 53
Fittings : Mild Steel
Blade Thickness: 1.34 mm
Total Length: 34.5"
Blade Length : 28"
Weight: 3 lbs 1 oz.
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