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5160 Spring Steel Replica of an early Renaissance period War sword with complex hand guard construction. Designed by and part of the Bruce Brookhart collection. MSRP $820.00
This is an important sword in the evolution of weapons as they progressed to still perform in the changing landscape of the many wars and conflicts all across the European continent. This sword was, along with our Renaissance Side Sword, an important step toward what would become the full hand protection of the Cut and Thrust Complex Hilt. First to come was the addition of one finger guard to allow the combatant to help to bring the sword into better balance, other wise it was still a late war sword.
This sword however shows some important advancements that were in play during the late 1400 early 1500,s. The addition of the long sweeping quillions with two arms and a ring allowed the finger to be over the cross guard and greatly decreasing the danger of it being compromised. This simple step was important because it enabled the user to make more controlled cuts and more importantly a more controlled thrust. With the advancements to the full harness of plate armor the wearer was virtually impossible to cut but there were several areas that a thrust could be very effective.
This hilt is married to a good cut and thrust blade that is wide enough to make deadly cuts and a very sharp point for thrusting. It should be remembered that not every fighter was, or could be, in full plate. Plus this was a dangerous time to be on the roads, or for that matter anywhere without your sword.
This sword comes to you very sharp and with a flat diamond grind on the blade.
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