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Erbach Bastard Sword

£195.00

Franz, Count of Erbach-Erbach was famous for his collection of antiques exhibited in his castle at the beginning of the 19th century and in his great hall he had an extensive collection of old German weapons. The original, from around 1480, of this German hand and a half sword was among the swords in his astonishing collection.

During the 15th century armour had reached the peak of effectiveness. To combat this, an improved sword design was required. The Erbach sword is an excellent example of this class of swords. This Renaissance weapon can be assigned to the “Oakeshott Type XVIIIa without fuller” category. Well balanced, it could be used single handed, or with two hands to deliver a powerful blow or a deadly thrust. This sword features a very beautiful steel hilt as the crossguard twists toward its ends, which have the same twist as the pommel riveted firmly in its place. Leather sheath with steel fittings is included. Can be seen in Records Of The Medieval Sword by Ewart Oakeshott.

Total Length: 109.5 cm
Blade Length: 86 cm
Width at Base: 5.7 cm
Thickness at Base: 3.9 mm
Weight: 1.38 kg

All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

This product is suitable for: (Read More)
Living History
Test Cutting
SKU: 501058

Stock Status: In stock

Excl. Tax: £195.00 Incl. Tax: £234.00
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Franz, Count of Erbach-Erbach was famous for his collection of antiques exhibited in his castle at the beginning of the 19th century and in his great hall he had an extensive collection of old German weapons. The original, from around 1480, of this German hand and a half sword was among the swords in his astonishing collection.

During the 15th-century armour had reached the peak of effectiveness. To combat this, an improved sword design was required. The Erbach sword is an excellent example of this class of swords. This Renaissance weapon can be assigned to the “Oakeshott Type XVIIIa without fuller” category. Well balanced, it could be used single handed, or with two hands to deliver a powerful blow or a deadly thrust. This sword features a very beautiful steel hilt as the crossguard twists toward its ends, which have the same twist as the pommel riveted firmly in its place. Leather sheath with steel fittings is included. Can be seen in Records Of The Medieval Sword by Ewart Oakeshott.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Brand Windlass
Product Use Living History, Test Cutting
Edge Blunt - Sharpenable
Specification

Total Length: 109.5 cm
Blade Length: 86 cm
Width at Base: 5.7 cm
Thickness at Base: 3.9 mm
Weight: 1.38 kg

All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

Reviews

Great Value for MoneyReview by Luke
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I've had this sword for a little over a year now. The quality of the sword is fairly standard for Windlass blades. The fittings are tight, well polished and there's been no rattle after use. The blade itself is broad and evenly finished but lacks any distal taper. The quality of the scabbard, particularly the leather, as well as on the grip, isn't great. It's too shiny, but they're neatly done. Which is why I gave it 4/5 for quality.

Contrary to the previous reviewer, I haven't found the blade to be at all "whippy". I would agree that it's not for sparring or stage fighting, you need to buy a sword specifically made and designed for those activities. But as a sharp, I've test cut with mine and it cuts well. Being a short blade it's fast and maneuverable despite how broad it is. Overall, its an excellent buy, particularly in this price range. (Posted on 10/01/2021)
Beautiful sword, decent construction but whippy bladeReview by Adam
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I ordered this for practice of solo drills in my yard, which is a bit limited for space and a longsword would be too long. It has been perfect for that purpose, well balanced and beautifully made. It looks imposing with its wide blade but that is its downfall, as it is too thin and has no distal taper meaning it is quite "whippy". I would recommend for solo drills and a wall hanger but I can't see it being suitable for test cutting or sparring / stage fight again another blade. (Posted on 15/05/2020)

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