Phoenix Metal Hand-and-a-Half Sword
Original: 16th century Southern Germany
This sword's design is inspired by an antique once offered by Lion Gate Arms & Armour
. It has burnished steel hilt components that have been given a worn darkened finish. The pommel is a long ovoid shape and is deeply carved with chevron-shaped lines. Both the large and small side rings have carved decorative elements at their centers. The inner guard consists of two diagonal bars crossing in saltire, each linking the roots of one quillon to the end of the opposite finger ring with a thumb ring adjoining. A burgundy leather-wrapped grip completes the hilt.
The blade, an Oakeshott Type XIIIa
made by Angus "Gus" Trim
, is wide and substantial with a fuller extending halfway up its length.
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Overall length: 44.75"
Weight: 3.3 pounds
Width of guard: 9.75"
Blade: 36.625" long from cross; 1.75" wide tapering to 1.25"
Fuller: 17.625" long; .625" wide
Grip and pommel: 7.75" long
Point of Balance (PoB): 6.5" from cross
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~24" from cross
Maker: Erik Stevenson, Phoenix Metal Creations
This piece is based on an unusual example of a composite hand-and-a-half sword located in a private collection. Blade reportedly circa 15th century with a later hilt.