Raven Longsword, c. 1400
Longsword with scabbard inspired by medieval sources around 1400, custom design.
That is very agile and versatile sword, light and balanced close to the hilt, with stiff blade designed for cutting and thrusting.
Wheel pommel inserts with St Andrew`s cross and letters C, M, B, G, on one side and heraldic Raven on the rocks on the second side, both with silver wire around the brass medallions.
Grip style is inspired by historical examples, divided into two sections.
Main section is shaped with X-form risers with pins, upper section is wrapped with silver wire. Grip made with wood and black leather.
On both sides of the blade is engraved latin inscription:
'Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio'
which is the beginning of the prayer to St. Michael
and means 'Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle'
On black scabbard is latin inscription '+SPES AUTEM NON CONFUNDI+'
which means 'Hope does not disappoint'. There is also a pattern of stamped little fleur de lys signs and other sections inspired by medieval leather finds. There is also Maltanese Cross, according to customer wish, filled with silver. Beautiful scabbard chape was hand made by Polish artist and my friend Piotr Pastusiak, using old historical technique repousse.
Ox blood belt is decorated with three different fittings based on finds dated to 1350-1450. Buckle and belt-end is decorated with St George killing the dragon. Both belts are adjustable and removable.
total length 1135mm
blade length 865mm
blade width 56mm
blade thickness at the base 6mm