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5160 Spring Steel Replica of a 15th century cut and thrust sidesword, designed by and part of the Bruce Brookhart collection. MSRP $820.00
The Sidesword is a modern term widely used by historians and museum curators. This type of sword can be thought of as a transitional phase between earlier medieval one-handed cut and thrust swords and later rapiers. Sideswords generally appear prior to rapiers but did not disappear with the advent of the rapier but were popular in a military context. Oakeshott tells us they appeared about 1470 and this cut and trust type represented here is from about 1490/1520 with the round pommel instead of a wheel pommel. With the pommel behind the wrist and the index finger over the guard inside the front arm of the hilt the balance is shifted slightly forward and brings the point into balance for precise thrust. The sword includes a wood lined leather covered scabbard. The blade is extremely sharp and is made from very durable 5160 carbon steel.
About the designer, Bruce A. Brookhart
Hello my name is Bruce Allen Brookhart and I have actively been researching edged weapons for the last 50 years.
During that period I worked with Hank Reinhardt for over 17 years and consulted with Ewart Oakeshott for about 10 years until shortly before his passing. I am proud to be able to say that these two late, great gentlemen were my friends and I have gleaned, I felt, a lot of knowledge about the subject from this association and my own research.
For the past 30 years I have made literally hundreds of prototypes of edged weapons both exact replicas of museum pieces and pieces from private collections along with my own Fantasy designs. The weapons in this collection are all my own designs that are heavily related to weapons that were used in history but are all “of a type known” and not per say replicas of any certain weapon.
Bruce A. Brookhart