Moffatt Type XX Sword
Original: 15th century Germany or Sweden
The sharply tapering blade of Type XX
form has three deep fullers extending two-thirds down the blade. The hilt furniture is steel with a cross-guard gently curving into an S-shape with decorative finials. The large pommel is a faceted scent-stopper variety. The hardwood grip is covered in black leather and has a pronounced central ridge with ornate bands made from brass
This sword started out as a CAS Iberia / Hanwei Mercenary
sword and was customized to improve its looks and thrusting characteristics. The guard had arms bent in opposing directions and was changed to a more gentle S-curve. Decorative ends were carved into the arms and quillon block. The pommel was lightened and re-shaped with added detail. A new grip was carved, covered in leather, and accented with brass decorations. Blade shape and fullers were modified.
Overall length: 47.5"
Weight: 3.4 pounds
Width of guard: 10.5"
Width of grip: 1.25" @ guard > 1.75" > 1"
Blade: 35" long; 2.125" wide tapering to .75"
Fullers: 3 @ 21" long
Grip and pommel: 12" long
Point of Balance (PoB): 3" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~22" from guard
Maker: Steve Moffatt of California.
This piece is loosely inspired by an antique now in a private collection, circa 1450-75.