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Tim Boyer




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PostPosted: Tue 07 Jul, 2009 8:13 am    Post subject: Oakeshott Family K question         Reply with quote

Ever since first seeing the image of the sword that Oakeshott placed under the Family K name, i have been intrigued by it. But i cant seem to find any more information about it other than the short-short blurbs. And my feeble internet search abilities haven't been able to turn up any kind of useful information about dimensions/geometry, or even additional pictures.

Does anyone know more about these swords? Or even have more pictures?

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Tim Boyer

heres a link to the picture of the one Family K sword i've seen on the site... off of the "Ewart Oakeshott: The Man and his Legacy" article.

http://www.myArmoury.com/view.html?features/p...m_ex_k.jpg

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PostPosted: Tue 07 Jul, 2009 8:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just to put all the info in one place here is the text describing swords from Oakeshott's "K" family:



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Having a hilt generally of hand-and-a-half proportions, these Danish swords are equipped with a flat wheel-shaped pommel with central bosses on each face. The crosses are of a bow-tie shape. Few surviving examples are known.


Shown below is a sword of the Oakeshott "K" Family. The hilt looks short compared to many in that family.



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PostPosted: Tue 07 Jul, 2009 9:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That same sword Tim mentioned is in our Type XVI spotlight, which says:

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XVIa.2 From the Nationalmuseet, Copenhagen
Found in Borringholm in Denmark, this piece is in very good condition, having a fair amount of corrosion on the blade, but very little on the hilt. The grip and leather rain-guard are original and is in surprisingly good shape for this early 14th century sword.


Michael Pikula has made a sword insired by this one: http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=15962

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PostPosted: Tue 07 Jul, 2009 12:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice! Thank you for the helpful information Happy

i must say, i do admire Michael Pikula's inspired work!

The sword with the wide blade in those two pictures though, wouldn't it be in the Family I, i guess mainly by the wide blade and disc pommel.

Been doing some searches of pictures from Nationalmuseet, haven't found one of that sword in particular, but they definitely seem to have some neat things! like this... executioner's sword? would be my guess with the squared blade and the look of the display it is in Big Grin

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