Crusader Templar Sword, 13thC
Knight Templar sword, 13th century with Jerusalem Cross inserts.
total length 1015mm
blade length 860mm
blade width 53mm
It is worth saying a little more about this sword ...
This design is based on some interesting original swords, the fuller of which is narrow and the blade relatively long. It is worth paying attention to the narrowing section of the point. We find such a point in many swords, Oakeshott type Xa, XI, XIa, XII. So we have room for interpretation here. The important difference is that on the first 2/3 of the blades the edges are parallel and then tapered in an arc to an almost sharp point.
This is fairly typical of 11th-13th century swords, but at the same time it is a feature that is often ignored during reconstruction.
It should be noted that making a one-handed sword over 1000 mm long with very good stiffness, weight distribution and PoB is difficult. Especially that the weight range of the original swords is quite wide.
This sword is not light (maybe due to the massive pommel), but perfectly balanced, stable and very maneuverable.
The crossguard in this sword is inspired by many original examples from museums. The sword that comes closest to the size and type of the blade is probably the one from the museum in Szczecin, although it has a different pommel and a shorter crossguard.
When designing this sword, the manuscripts I: 33 (1270-1320) were also inspired, where most of the swords are just like this one, and the Codex Manesse (1305-1340).
However, this type of pommel suggests that the sword is from the second half of the 13th century. In the pommel, I placed the well-known motif of the Jerusalem Cross, made by the traditional method of a rather primitive casting of a copper alloy, just like it was done in those days. Thus, it can be assumed that such a sword could belong to a noble Templar or a significant knight, most likely to a rider.
The handle is simple, modest as well as the whole sword, short to ensure a tight and firm grip and at the same time good control of the entire blade.
This is a powerful, one-handed sword that I am particularly pleased with, because it reminds me very much of some original swords that I have had the opportunity to test, and at the same time has a simple medieval style of finishing details, when the aesthetic priorities were completely different than today.
This gives the sword that unique character that is difficult to obtain.