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Manel Segura




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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct, 2015 4:01 pm    Post subject: Medieval sword blade width         Reply with quote

Hello everybody,
I would like to know which was the average of the blade's width in the swords from the 12th and 13th centuries. Anyone could help me please ? Also I would like to know if existed in those times blades of 3,5 cm width. Do you know any example ?
Thank you very much.

Cheers,

Manel
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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct, 2015 4:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Medieval sword blade width         Reply with quote

During medieval times there were various kinds of swords whose blades vary in width.
I am no expert here, but we have someone who can help you, Manel.

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Manel Segura




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PostPosted: Sun 18 Oct, 2015 1:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Shahril, let's see if anyone can help. Happy

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Oct, 2015 1:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Medieval sword blade width         Reply with quote

Manel Segura wrote:
Hello everybody,
I would like to know which was the average of the blade's width in the swords from the 12th and 13th centuries. Anyone could help me please ? Also I would like to know if existed in those times blades of 3,5 cm width. Do you know any example ?
Thank you very much.

Cheers,

Manel


That period was dominated by broad bladed cutters, in Oakeshott's terminology Xa, XI, XII, XIII, and XIV (in roughly that order). Some of the earlier type X and later XIII, XIV could get very broad at the base, approaching 3", but the figure 2" +/- 1/4" would likely cover the vast majority of swords in this period.

3.5 Cm (1.4") is likely a lower extreme for this type of sword. I can't think of an example like this off hand for the period you specified.

Have a look at the feature article here on Giebig's system, it includes more detail on blade breadth than Oakeshott's system.
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Manel Segura




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PostPosted: Sun 18 Oct, 2015 2:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Medieval sword blade width         Reply with quote

That period was dominated by broad bladed cutters, in Oakeshott's terminology Xa, XI, XII, XIII, and XIV (in roughly that order). Some of the earlier type X and later XIII, XIV could get very broad at the base, approaching 3", but the figure 2" +/- 1/4" would likely cover the vast majority of swords in this period.

3.5 Cm (1.4") is likely a lower extreme for this type of sword. I can't think of an example like this off hand for the period you specified.

Have a look at the feature article here on Giebig's system, it includes more detail on blade breadth than Oakeshott's system.[/quote]

Thanks J.D, I have checked Geibig system and the narrowest blade I've found is one of 1.6 inches. Do you know if later in the 14th century existed swords with blades of 1.4 inches ?

Thanks again !

Manel
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Oct, 2015 2:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think that some of the type XVII swords that appeared late in the 14th century may have been that narrow (1.4") at the base, but I am not as familiar with that period.
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Manel Segura




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PostPosted: Sun 18 Oct, 2015 2:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J.D. Crawford wrote:
I think that some of the type XVII swords that appeared late in the 14th century may have been that narrow (1.4") at the base, but I am not as familiar with that period.


Perfect, thanks !
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