Sword of Afonso Henriques I
Sword of Afonso Henriques I, first King of Portugal (1109-1185)
The design was inspired by the sword depiction in 12th century the king`s statue located in the Carmo Archeological Museum, Lisbon.
Pommel and crossguard gold plated, dark brown leather on the grip.
Description / characteristics
This sword was designed based on the rather schematic depiction of the king's weapon in the sculpture.
It is a simple combat sword, devoid of ornamentation, with a purely functional form. That was the idea behind the project. When determining the dimensions of the sword, it was obvious that one had to refer to the parameters of analogous pieces of similar form from that period. The decision to gild the hilt was to give the ordinary sword a more noble look, without departing from its simple form.
Ultimately, it is a sword with a long and wide blade, reproducing the features of swords from the 12th century: Oakeshott Type Xa blade, Crossguard Type 1, pommel variant of Type C. The balance moved slightly forward makes the sword feel heavier and provides a powerful strike / cut. The blade itself is stiff, which also allows effective thrusts.
Such a sword is a powerful weapon that can inflict wide and very strong cuts with one hand. As a result of the analysis of finds, historical references and sources, this form seemed the most appropriate.
total length 1050mm
blade length 870mm
blade width 56mm
blade thickness at the base 5mm
balance ca. 155mm