Arms & Armor Black Prince
Original: Circa 1370, private collection
The Black Prince is a representation of the sword described by Oakeshott in Records of the Medieval Sword
(XVa.6). This has been identified as likely being the sword that was originally hung over the tomb of Edward, Prince of Wales, "The Black Prince"
, in Canterbury Cathedral. This recreation is a faithful reproduction of that sword. The pommel is an Oakeshott
Type I, and the cross a Style 8, both of steel. The blade is a Type XVa
, a hand-and-a-half variant of the shorter single-handed Type XV, and is noted for having an acute profile taper.
This sword is intended for primarily thrusting, though it retains some cutting ability, and was developed as plate armour became prevalent on the battlefield.
One side of the pommel has four hearts arranged in a clover-leaf pattern, and the other side is empty. I have placed a replica coin of Edward III
(the Black Prince's father) in the empty recess.
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Overall length: 43.75"
Weight: 3.6 pounds
Width of guard: 9.5"
Blade: 34" long; 2" wide tapering to .5"
Grip and pommel: 9"
Point of Balance (PoB): 2" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~19.75" from guard
Maker: Arms & Armor
Inspired by an original sword that most probably hung above the tomb of Edward, Prince of Wales, the Black Prince, in Caterbury Cathedral.