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Albion Armorers Sempach Sword
Original: 14th Century Europe
This sword represents a knightly sword of the mid-14th century. Classified by Ewart Oakeshott as a Type XVII in his typology, swords of this type appeared during a transitional period in armour development. Due to this increase in body defense, the emphasis in sword design shifted from the cut to the thrust. The Sempach features a narrow blade with an acute cross-section. This results in a stiff and rigid blade, one that is well suited to hard thrusting techniques. In spite of its design, the Sempach still retains a good measure of cutting ability.
See our hands-on review for more information on this sword.
Overall length: 45.9"
Weight: 3 pounds
Blade: 36" long; 1.9" wide, tapering to .25"
Grip length: 7"
Guard width: 8.5"
Point of Balance (PoB): 4.5" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~22" from guard
Maker: Albion Armorers of Wisconsin