Your Sword, Sir William?

Today we are going old school. I ran across this sword not too long ago, and thought it was another great example of classic medieval sword design. Much like the Black Italian Bastard Sword I blogged about a while back. Except that this sword is fairly simple. No gimmicks, no fancy ironwork, just a great sword.

Sir William Marshall Sword – Damascus Blade

Sir William Marshall Damascus Steel Sword
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I think I like this sword for same reasons as the Italian Bastard Sword. It is a simple, straightforward and strong design. Aesthetically, I do not find it as pleasing as the Italian bastard sword is. Perhaps because in straight swords, I tend prefer blades whose width does not change drastically from hilt to tip. In this sword, there is quite a large difference. however what it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in simplicity, functionality and contrast.

The blade is of a standard tapered design. Not one of my favorites, but in this case, not too bad. A prominent fuller runs almost the entire length of the dark Damascus steel blade, both to increase stiffness and reduce weight. The cross guard is a simple polished bar. Barring my personal issues with the change in width of the blade, it is, overall a great blade.

The grip is wrapped in black leather, interwoven with black leather strips, I’m betting more to improve traction, and non-slip qualities than for any aesthetic purposes, although it does look quite good. And it is all capped of by a simple polished round pommel.

Simplicity and functionality at it’s best. And even though from a visual standpoint, the Damascus steel blade is a big plus in my book, the fact that it is simply a strong and versatile sword steel makes it more of a functional improvement, than an design one.

This would be for the knight who wanted a sword that just worked. That could be depended upon. And you really couldn’t go wrong with this.

Sir William Marshall Damascus Steel Sword – [Medieval Weapon Art]


2 Responses to “Your Sword, Sir William?”

  1. 1 MoZZA
    September 7, 2008 at 11:52 am

    tis cool sir bill LOL

  2. September 8, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Indeed. Tis not often that it happens that way for me, but sometimes I find a classic really classy even by contemporary standards…

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