Imperator Longsword, 15thC
'Imperator', 15th century longsword inspired by original swords from European museums.
Characteristics and handling
With balance and geometry of this particular sword, its handling is comfortable, feels light and allows you to feel that it`s part of the body, an extension of the hand, a real weapon and not some ceremonial object worn on parade or given as an ocassional gift. Handling with one hand allows to fight effectively and with two hands gives you full control and precision. Blade is stiff and most of its mass is closer to the hilt.
At the same time this sword has a simple structure which is designed to reveal its majesty which comes from proportions, shapes and geometry.
Pommel is decorated with two golden inserts, inspired by late medieval fittings.
'Imperator' comes from Latin and means Emperor. Actually it was a working name but I decided to stay with it finally. The idea was to give the name not after the owner but for the sword, because of its features and design.
According to a customer wish, there is an eagle taken from medieval heraldry and Maltese Cross, both emobossed / hand tooled in the leather. Scabbard is the same color as the sword grip. Belt and suspension color are black, combined with ox-blood elements. Casted with brass fittings are based on original ones dated between 1360 and 1430. Scabbard chape is designed especially for this project and it`s inspired by several examples dated to first half of 15th century. Whole set is designed to be noble but also functional as a true battle weapon.
total length 1100mm
blade length 830mm
blade width 63mm
balance ca. 100mm
weight ca. 1575g