Irish Arms Irish Ring-hilted Sword
Original: Circa mid to late 16th century, Irish
The sword type represented here is peculiarly Irish in the hilt form. A number of period sources, such as the paintings of Lucas de Heere and the anonymous "Ashmolean drawing" depict Irish Kern carrying swords with an open ring pommel, and "forked" guard terminals. To date, only a handful of the Irish sword type have been found, and none have the "forked" terminals. However, the majority sport an open ring pommel.
This replica has a blade modeled after the Galway sword, and a guard modeled after period artwork depictions. The blade is EN45 steel, and features a short ricasso with incised lines and a narrow fuller roughly 1/2 of its length. The guard and pommel are fire-blued iron, and the grip is stacked leather.
The scabbard resembles the primitive fringed "box" scabbards depicted in period artwork, and is of vegetable tanned cowhide. Bindings are of vegetable-tanned doeskin.
Overall length: 39.125"
Weight: 2.6 pounds
Width of guard: 8.125"
Blade: 31.5" long; 1.5" wide tapering to .75"
Hilt length: 7.625"
Point of Balance (PoB): 5.25" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~19.5" from guard
Maker: Irish Arms