Edition Medieval Falchion
is a weapon known by different names and occurs in various shapes and
forms through the ages. We can see illustrations in art as ealry as the
mid 13th C.
The English ”falchion” is derived from the French ”Fauchon”, spelled as
”fawchon” in late 14th C texts. Behind these names lies the Latin ”Falxs,”
describing weapons with scythe-like blades.
Falchion blades are typically rather short and broaden towards the point
with the edge in a more or less sweeping curve. The hilt usually follows
the popular styles as seen on double edged swords of the same period.
Two general shapes are predominant:
is curved more or less like a sabre usually with a short clip point.
has a straight back with or without clip point, and a curving edge.
seems to have been popular in England, France and Italy, while in Germany
it was for some time not regarded as a weapon of military importance.
Hence, in German speaking areas there is no mention of Falchions.
The first type of blade were often instead called ”Malchus” (named from
the occasion when the apostle Peter cut of the ear of one of the soldiers,
by name Malchus,sent to arrest Christ). With a knife type hilt, these
blades are recognized as belonging to the Grosse Messer family.
The Vassal is inspired from 14th C examples with the second type of blade.
The most famous of which is the Thorpe Falchion in the Castle Museum,
The Vassal is of moderate length and has a generous clip point, making
it suitable for thrusting as well as cutting. The single edged blade allows
for a stiff spine, that increases cutting performance. Contrary to popular
belief, a Falchion need not be overly heavy or cumbersome. They can have
much the same heft and balance as a double edged sword of the same dimensions.
Perhaps there is a slightly more pronounced blade presence, but the moderate
length of the blade still allows fo quick recovery after a blow.
The section of the blade is a thin triangle and there is a fuller along
the straight section of the back. This makes for a very effective use
of available material inducing stiffness and effective cutting performance.
Towards the point there is a long false edge taking away some of the excess
weight while also introducing a change in the relative stiffness in this
part of the blade.
At the base of the blade there is a ricasso of sorts. This feature can
be seen on single edged weapons as early as the 14th C. It helps keep
the base of the blade and junction to the tang robust (a good point with
blades of triangular section) and makes ”fingering” of the guard possible.
The pommel is a crisply defined wheel pommel of type J and the cross with
its flairing ends and decorative piercing is of style 6.
A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
is offered in a limited edition of only 100 collectible swords worldwide.
Overall length: 33.5" (85.1 cm)
Blade length: 27.25" (69.2 cm)
Blade width at guard: 1.66" (4.2 cm)
Blade width at the false edge: 2.3" (5.8 cm)
CoG: 3.75" (9.5 cm)
CoP: 17" (43.2 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 8.75 oz (1.15 kilos)
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