Danish Two Handed Sword
Type XVIIIe, Medieval Sword
fifteenth Century (1410-1500)
The history of Denmark is filled with tumultuous periods of war and strife, conflicts driven by the same political and religious factors that were widespread throughout Medieval and Post-Medieval Europe. Smaller kingdoms were swallowed up by larger, and larger kingdoms splintered apart. Due to this fairly colorful history, the Danes became known for some distinctive weaponry, of which this Danish Two-Handed battle ready Sword is an example.
This medieval sword is classified as an Oakeshott Type XVIIIe, a very unusual member of the Type XVIII group. These two-handed Danish swords are some of the few that can be safely tied to a specific region.
Type XVIIIe medieval swords have been found almost exclusively in Denmark. It is believed however that some examples may actually be German or Italian in origin. The unique and defining characteristic of this type of sword is its unusual narrowed ricasso. It features a long, stiff diamond shaped blade with an extremely long handle, making it suitable for cut and thrust swordplay as many other words were in the later 15th Century. Light and well balanced, this two-handed battle ready sword has excellent cutting and thrusting abilities. Guided and balanced with the decorated globe pommel, the pointed guard can be used as a weapon capable of stabbing under the gorget and helmet, effectively defeating the opponent. The Danish Two-handed battle ready sword also has a long unsharpened ricasso that can be gripped to shorten up the blade for closer work. This option to fight with the “half-sword” makes the Danish Two-Handed Medieval Sword an incredibly versatile weapon.
Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel. Dual Tempered HRc 60
48-50 at the core
Total length: 50″
Blade length: 39″
Blade width: 1.5″
Weight: 2 lbs. 15 oz.
POB: 4 inches (the shoulder)
customer review of the Danish Sword:
“I love this sword, it’s light and very sharp, and the interlaced sword belt lets it be worn easily. The sword itself is very good for thrusting and has a thin, narrow blade. It is in fact so light that I can effectively wield it with one hand. It is by far the best sword I’ve ever bought”. – Z. Beaman, USA.