Edition Medieval Sword
(Oakeshott Type Xa)
is named after the late, preeminent scholar of the Medieval Sword, Ewart
It is impossible to quantify the impact Ewart Oakeshott had on the modern
renaissance of interest in the Medieval sword. His classification system
is the common parlance in the discussion of the Medieval sword. His long
list of publications, and his contributions to the work of other scholars,
provided the foundation and a context for the modern sudy of the sword.
We agreed with several of our customers, who suggested naming this sword
after Oakeshott as a tribute to the man and his work -- especially because
the original sword that inspired this recreation was one that Oakeshott
himself found very special.
The inspiration for this model is a beautiful, remarkably well-preserved
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.
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.
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.
That Sword Contest Winner
Christopher Paul Battaglia
"After some consideration I decided that it would be very honorable
if you named one of your new swords the "Oakeshott" in memory of Ewart
Oakehott, who passed away in 2003. He is of course the scholar who literally
"wrote the book" on the archeological classification of swords. His medieval
sword typology is still in common use and allows for easy and convenient
explanation of almost any blade (including those on your site). I feel
that this sword in particular would bear the name well as it is of the
classic cruciform design and is a true knightly weapon. Seeing one of
your products named after such a great and important man would, I'm sure,
bring a smile to the face of more than a few students of the sword."
A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
is offered in a limited edition of only 500 collectible swords worldwide.
length: 40.25" (102 cm)
Blade length: 33.75" (85.73 cm)
Blade width: 2" (5 cm)
CoG: 4.375" (11 cm)
CoP: 22.25" (56.5 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 8.2 oz (1.14 kg)
You can customize your sword's
grip color -- see the standard grip colors here
(Type Xa)... $1,210
now before this limited
edition collectible sword runs out!