About the sword
This is the sword that I called 'BENEDICTUS', Oakeshott Type XIV. My project was based on many of examples from 14th century - not particular, existing sword. Sword has very nice handling, blade wide and stiff, the edges are sharp. All decorations on the blade, scabards and belt are hand tooled or stamped with hand carved tools. The golden cross on the pommel is scuttled in colored resin.
There are also latin inscriptions:
- on the pommel 'Miserere Mei Deus' from psalm
- in the fuller 'BENEDICTUS DEUS MEUS'
I have made many of original sword reconstructions before and working on this project gave me a lot of satisfaction. It is not reconstruction of any particular museum example - but it is based on some few museum swords as well as the leather decorations and fittings. To be honest - there was a lot of inspirations for this project . That why I decided to give the name for this sword - because it is unique.
total lenght 850mm
blade width 67mm
Reviews / References
'Benedictus' - first impressions from the new owner - Thank you very much!
'... So very pleased with the work of art that was sent to me. I asked if I could post a review, and it is my honor to do so.
I arranged to purchase the sword called Benedictus about a month ago, and was sent the tracking information immediately after shipping.
Swordmaker takes PayPal, and that was a plus for me, as I have had issues with an American sword and armor maker in the past with non-delivery, so sending large amounts of money over Western Union or MoneyGram usually makes me balk to other artists.
The package made its way across Europe with no problems, and arrived in New York as the ISS customs there (where the ONLY problem occurred as the US customs mishandled the tracking information which is the fault of USPS and happens often and does not reflect on Swordmaker) and then to my farm. I actually waited at the mailbox for 45 minutes the day it as going to be delivered in anticipation because I was so excited to receive it.
When it arrived and I signed for it I greedily whisked it inside and began to open the package. Unlike other swords I have had shipped this one was VERY well packaged. It was wrapped, then wrapped again, then placed in a STURDY box with foam cut outs and protectors inside to make sure it did not move around or become damaged in shipment (unlike other places where I've gotten a sword and it pierced the box, shook around, got marred and scratched in shipping). It arrived in pristine condition, exactly as pictured.
The sword itself is a work of art, and is exactly what a high end collector or re-enactor would want. It has the perfect look and feel and appearance. The attention to detail and 'straight out of a manuscript' look of it is fabulous. The sword is balanced, and feels like a part of the arm instead of a cowbar to bludgeon with. It fits well in the scabbard, and the detail work on the belt and buckle and end are magnificent.
In the end, this was a 12 out of 10 experience for me, and I WILL be a repeat customer. I almost feel guilty that I am going to actually use such a work of art for cutting at Equestrian competitions, but I know I'll have the most impressive sword at the events...
Thank you so much for such a good experience! ... '