Late medieval sword Shrewsbury for show fight SK-B with scabbard
The Battle of Shrewsbury (Shropshire, England) on 21 July 1403 ended with the victory of Henry IV of England over an army led by his former follower Sir Henry Harry Hotspur Percy of Northumberland. Percy (immortalised by Shakespeare in 1598 in the first part of his historical drama Henry IV) had turned against the King and allied himself with Owain Glyndwr, the leader of the Welsh rebellion of 1400-1415. When Percy fell in battle, his army dispersed. Thus the rebellion had failed. The original Shrewsbury Sword, named after this decisive battle and classified as Type XV by Ewart Oakeshott, is part of the Wallace Collection. This beautiful, inexpensive sword is not an exact replica of the above mentioned historical original. However, it has the typical characteristics of a traditional one and a half handed sword (also called bastard sword) from the 14th/15th century and is modelled on the swords that were most likely swung on both sides of this great English battle. The double-edged blade is forged from hardened, heat-treated spring steel EN45. It has a diamond-shaped cross-section, tapers gently towards the point and is fluted on both sides. The wide groove runs centrally over about half the blade length. The unsharpened edges are particularly thick and the continuous blade tang is riveted at the end of the handle. The hilt consists of a handle with a wooden core and brown leather winding, a six-facetted steel plug pommel and a flattened crossguard, also made of steel. The ends of the parryer are widened and each decorated with a cut-out cross. The quillon is about 23 cm long and 0.5 cm thick. The late medieval one-and-a-half hander is delivered with a brown wooden/leather scabbard with steel mouthpiece and gable plate.
Data late medieval sword
total length: 116 cm
Blade length: 89 cm
Blade width max: 5,5 cm
handle length: 24 cm
Centre of gravity: approx. 16cm before parry
striking edge: 2mm
Weight sword: 1600 g
Blade material: spring steel EN45, hardened
Show fight class B (SK-B)
The swords of this show class are also made of high quality steels, but not as hard as those of show class A and in a fight with a harder blade embrasures can occur more easily. They are quite well balanced, but can weigh a few grams more. They are the ideal blades for the more demanding beginner as well as for the advanced swordsman.
- Blade hardness: At least 48 HRC
- Blade material goes through to the hinge and is riveted or screwed to the pommel
- Blunt, sometimes additionally rounded cutting edge and rounded tip
- Light and handy with well balanced centre of gravity
- No guarantee
general warranty for swords
Our show combat weapons are subject to the legal warranty of two years like all other goods. However, it should be noted that the customer is responsible for providing evidence of defects (e.g. material defects) that were already present at the time of purchase and have not been claimed within 6 months. Complaints after 6 months are therefore often difficult and unfortunate for both parties. An exhibition sword is naturally an object of wear and tear. Even the best and most expensive exhibition sword becomes chipped after heavy use, the parry bar can become wobbly and the grip can become loose. This is normal, because strong forces act on the material. Even with these blades the unlikely case can occur that they break if they are already weakened by several and deep embrasures. These are therefore usually not justified reasons for complaint but normal wear and tear. A used show sword shows signs of use after use.