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Jon Wolfe




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PostPosted: Tue 19 May, 2009 9:48 pm    Post subject: Schilts on Sharpened Swords         Reply with quote

I was wondering, since I've seen schilts on training swords in period artwork and manuals from the High to Late Medieval eras, do they exist on swords that were meant for earnest combat as well? I looked all over myArmoury.com's articles, and looked for it using the search function in the forum, but couldn't find an answer to my question. Thanks.
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Arne Focke
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PostPosted: Wed 20 May, 2009 3:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My English doesn't cover that one. What's a Shilt?
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Vincent Le Chevalier




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PostPosted: Wed 20 May, 2009 4:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Arne Focke wrote:
My English doesn't cover that one. What's a Shilt?

I think it's meant to be a German word, though I'm not sure of the spelling Happy It's the wide, flared portion at the base of the blade that can be seen on German training blades. As seen on these modern repros:
http://www.arms-n-armor.com/train187.html
http://www.arms-n-armor.com/train203.html

There has been a thread recently about its purpose and origin, but not much has been said about sharp swords showing one:
http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=94792

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Chad Arnow
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PostPosted: Wed 20 May, 2009 5:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oakeshott illustrates the hilt and upper portion of a blade once in the Baron de Casson collection in one of his books. It had those flares, but I believe it was supposed to be sharp.

Here are some relevant threads:
http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=2218
http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=6953

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