Albion Armorers Sovereign
Original: Circa 1275-1340
The Oakeshott Type XIV
sword, like the Sovereign, is given a precise lifespan due to its appearance in the artwork of the day. The Type XIV was developed in response to reinforcements being added to mail armour of the day, allowing for powerful cuts as well as efficient thrusts. The wide blade of 1075 steel sports a double fuller for two-thirds of the blade length and ends in an acute point. The pommel is a Type J1
in bronze, and the Type 11 cross is steel. The grip is executed in oxblood leather and has three central risers as well as one at either end.
The Sovereign strikes me as a "nasty little pitbull" of a sword. It is perfect for the sword and buckler work as depicted in the I.33 manuscript.
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Overall length: 34.375"
Weight: 2.7 pounds
Width of guard: 7.5"
Blade: 28" long; 3" wide tapering to 1"
Grip and pommel: 6"
Point of Balance (PoB): 5" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~17.75" from guard
Maker: Albion Armorers