Darksword 1340 – Two Handed Templar*Be the first one to write a review
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Classified as type Xa or XI, this 14th c. two handed sword presents one of the most significant war tool of the medieval period. Numerous two handed swords with slight variations were found throughout Europe, establishing a general conformity and a pattern of influence among smiths of the time. Various two handed swords are found in the Royal Armoury of Turin also known as the L'Armeria Reale, in the Imperial Treasury of Vienna, in the Royal Armoury of Madrid and in the Hermitage, Petrograd.
This particular sword is based on a 12th century original found in the Schweizerishches Landesmuseum, Zurich. The massive 36” blade is given some additional character with an attractive etching – “Militaris Templi” (the Knights Templar) – along the central fuller.
While the edge comes with a narrow 1.4mm edge so you can actually use it in blade on blade contact (CAREFULLY and RESPONSIBLY of course – please see our section on sword training and fighting on the main site for info) – the blade is more than strong enough that you can sharpen it up yourself if you want to use them for test cutting practice.
The hilt itself is extremely attractive and authentic, with a mild steel crossguard and genuine leather wrap handle.
This sword has a type I1 Octagonal faceted pommel, a common feature on sword of this type and age.
As you can see from the picture above, the pommel is also PEENED to the hilt for maximum durability.
For fans of medieval swords OR for those interested in the Knights Templar (a very popular group in historical fiction these days!) this is an ideal sword.
Weighing around 10-12oz more than the historical original, the balance of this sword (at approx 5” from the cross guard) is surprisingly good considering – and once sharpened, is more than capable of generating enough speed to cut even the lightest targets such as pool noodles (see review).
Click here for the review of this sword on SBG