Duke Type XIIIa.... $1085

When seeing original swords of war from the 13th and 14th C., one is always impressed by their powerful presence. A massive size combines with harmonic proportions, lending them a majestic grace.

This visual impact follows through in their handling: a strong authority combined with a smooth control of edge and point. Two major types of these battlefield weapons are classified as Oakeshott type XIIa and XIIIa. They generally have a blade length of 85-95 cm, when in hand and a half size. Their grips give ample room for two hands.

Despite being rather massive they have such a balance that they could be wielded in one hand, although two- handed use was probably preferred.

An even more dedicated cutting sword is our Duke Type XIIIa. The blade has very little profile taper to allow for a very wide and crisp cutting section. Despite the wide blade it is not a slow and clumsy cousin of the XIIa. Its heft and balance belies its weight.

Medieval legends tell of knights that in the heat of battle cleaved their opponents down to the saddle. We can write off such things to the poetic license of the medieval chroniclers, but if any sword could indeed deliver such a tremendous cut it would be a sword of this type.

With these swords we wanted to make available classic examples of knightly battlefield weapons of the late 13th and early 14th centuries. As on all swords in this line they are based on documentation of and impressions from several original swords. Special care has been taken so that their blades have the same careful distribution of weight and crisp definition as can be observed in the most well preserved originals.