Two Handed Sword 1430
A two handed sword of a design inspired by an original believed to be of German origin dating to 1430 and now housed in the Metropolitan Museum New York. Weighing only circa. 1.78kgs with a point of balance of 100mm (4 inches). The blade has hollow ground sides.
Manufactured in the UK exclusively for GDFB by Lancaster Armoury.
Overall length 1235mm
Blade length 934mm
Blade width (Widest) 37mm
Blade width (Tip) 18mm
Grip length 240mm
- Sword blades go through a heat treatment process to give them the durability required to withstand 300 + foot per second impacts against armour and other swords
- The blades have been tested after heat treatment using the Rockwell hardness test at the sword tip, sword centre and tang(handle) of the blade. 40 to 45 Rockwell along the blade is ideal and around 28 for the tang which is induction softened for easier assembly later
- All components are ground by hand in Lancaster Armoury workshop to the desired finish of 180 grit and polished to a bright shine
- Swords have been assembled and tested with experienced martial artists from local re-enactment groups and myself to identify the following
- Durability of the blades edges, balance points of the sword, vibration of the sword in the hand when struck/striking, tightness of the handle components( avoiding rattle), manoeuvrability, weight and aesthetics of the finished sword
- One sword of each type was tested to destruction, where the sword blade broke from excessive and unreasonable force being used upon it with them surviving 100 strikes into a concrete block ( a really challenging test for a sword)