Squire Line Albion Mark
The Late 13th Century Great Sword
(Oakeshott Type XIIa)
seeing original swords of war from the 13th and 14th C., one is always
impressed by their powerful presence. A massive size combines with harmonic
proportions, lending them a majestic grace.
This visual impact follows through in their handling: a strong authority
combined with a smooth control of edge and point. Two major types of these
battlefield weapons are classified as Oakeshott type XIIa ad XIIIa. They
generally have a blade length of 85-95 cm, when in hand and a half size.
Their grips give ample room for two hands.
Despite being rather massive they have such a balance that they could
be wielded in one hand, although two-handed use was probably preferred.
Those weapons classified by modern students of arms as Oakeshott type
XIIa are recognized by being wide at the base and tapering to a well defined
This is a sword for the battlefield but can be used in the fencing techniques
of Liechtenauer, although the wide blade does not lend itself too
well for half-swording.
Overall length: 47.125" (120 cm)
Blade length: 37.125" (95 cm)
Blade width at base: 2.3125" (5.8 cm)
CoG: 5.19" (13.2 cm)
CoP: 23.8" (56 cm)
Weight: 3 lbs 10 oz (1.65 kilos)
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The Squire Line Late 13th Century Great Sword
(Type XIIa)... $490