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.
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]