The Chevalier
Limited Edition Medieval Sword
(Oakeshott Type Xa)

The Chevalier is named after the French term for "knight" (from the French cheval = horse; Old French chevalier; from Late Latin caballrius, horseman; Middle English chevaler; Modern English, cavalier.)

A classic Medieval cruciform sword in design, with its long blade this would have excelled as a horseman's sword.

The Chevalier is classified as an Oakeshott Type Xa. Oakeshott describes the typical Type Xa as a broad flat blade of medium length with a narrow fuller (narrower than a typical Type X, but not as narrow as a Type XI), running the entire length of the blade.

The Chevalier's blade is inspired by a beautiful sword in the Wallace Collection (London) with a hollow-ground cross-section. Scholars generally have dated this sword to the 14th century, but Oakeshott in Records of the Medieval Sword argues that it is probably much earlier -- between 1050 and 1150 AD.

The hilt design is inspired by the famous miniature by Matthew Paris (a Benedictine monk and chronicler), c 1250. The pommel is a scalloped wheel resembling a flower, the guard is a flattened diamond in cross-section.
The grip is standard with a diamond-pattern strap overwrap secured with pins.

Matthew Paris miniature c 1250

Though the point is narrow enough for thrusting, this is principally a cutting sword, designed for use against opponents in mail armour. This is a unique design for a Crusader era sword, elegant and yet still brutally functional.

Name That Sword Contest Winner
Greyson R. Brown
"I propose that you name this sword The Chevalier. In France, a knight was known as a chevalier. This word is derived from the French word for horse, and indicates the special status and ability, namely the owning and riding of horses, of that individual. This sword, too, would have shown off that status of any knight, yet is not so decorative as to preclude its use on the field of battle."

A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
This sword is offered in a limited edition of only 500 collectible swords worldwide.

Overall length: 40.38" (102.5 cm)
Blade length: 33.75" (
86 cm)
Blade width: 2" (5 cm)
4.5" (11.4 cm)
22.63" (57.4 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs
5 oz (1.05 kg)

Please specify your sword's grip and overwrap color (see the standard grip colors here).

Chevalier (Type Xa)... $1,430
now before this limited edition collectible sword runs out!

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