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Wire Hilt Oakshott XVI

Another Type XVII – I can’t seem to get enough of them! This is based on XVII.1 from Records of the Medieval Sword, modified with a thick blunt edge and rounded tip for reenactment combat, and sized as a two handed sword.


The photo set for these swords is also a glimpse of my work space at Weta Workshop.

Sword Specifications

  • Blade 1100mm (43.3”)
  • Overall 1400mm (55”)
  • Width 272mm (10.7”)
  • Weight 2169 grams (4lb 12oz.)
  • Balance 133mm (5.2”) along blade
  • Torque 28848 gram-cm

The blade is hollow ground with an edge at least 1.6mm thick, and the cross and pommel are mild steel.

The grip, wooden core with half red leather, half twisted wires, is of a style popular in the 15th century.

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