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sword handle desgins

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:49 pm
by terrier
hey was wondering if anyone knew of any good resarch places for sword handle desgins for the later half of the 14th century. Im searchign for around 1380 as that is the time of my armour and i want a proper historical rig. any adivce would be much apreciated thank you in advace

Re: sword handle desgins

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:31 pm
by Brother Ranulf
A reasonable starting point would be Ewart Oakeshott's sword typologies, which cover blades, pommels and guards from Saxon/Viking to the 16th century: ... pology.htm

This study also gives an idea of sword hilt development through time:

Keep in mind that swords continued to be used long after they went out of fashion - just because a knight was alive in 1382 does not mean his sword had not been made a generation earlier and would be passed on to his own son. Styles are only general guides, not hard and fast rules. An example of this is the Viking-style lobed pommel which continued to be produced in areas like York in the late 12th century - long after it had gone out of fashion everywhere else in England.