Albion Armorers Sempach
Original: Late 14th century to early 15th century
Swords of this type and style, known as the Sempach family, were quite popular in the late 14th and early 15th centuries based on the number of surviving examples and their frequent appearance on knightly effigies of the time. The Type XVII
blades, with their hexagonal cross-section, were designed to give the sword more rigidity in the thrust, which was becoming increasingly necessary on the battlefield.
This example by Albion Armorers has the characteristic Type T2
pommel, a multi-faceted wedge shape investment cast from mild steel. The down-curved Style 1a guard is also characteristic and its octagonal cross-section is similar to at least one historic example of this family. The sharply tapering Type XVII blade is obviously meant for thrusting, though it has proven quite capable in cutting against soft targets. This sword has a basic black Albion Campaign Scabbard.
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Overall length: 46"
Weight: 3.15 pounds
Width of guard: 8.5"
Blade: 36" long; 1.8" wide tapering to .625"
Grip and pommel: 9.5"
Point of Balance (PoB): 4.5" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~22" from guard
Maker: Albion Armorers