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13th Century Falchion with Baselard Hilt - MHW1106

13th Century Falchion with Baselard Hilt

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Overall Length: 25 1/2'' Blade: 19 3/4''

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Blade: 1050 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 1 lb 12.7 oz
Edge:  Blunt
P.O.B.: 5 1/2''
Thickness: 3.4 mm - 3.1 mm
Width: 34.4 mm - 48.6 mm
Grip Length: 4 1/4''
Pommel: Integrated

Based on an original illumination in the Castilian 13th century ''Cantigas de Santa Maria'' this unique and full-tang bladed weapon has the hilt of a baselard coupled with a falchion-like blade. Simple and wholly utilitarian, this weapon was probably a practical short sword for a man-at-arms or a peasant serving in a levy. The thick blade is high carbon steel which is blunted on all edges. Suitable for reenactment combat the edges are at least 2 mm thick.

The thick blade tang is surmounted by brass-riveted hardwood to complete the composite hilt. A scabbard of thick leather is included.

This ‘’Medieval Machete’’ is depicted in an illuminated vignette in the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X of Castile. A weapon both simple and effective it combines the practical I-shaped Basilard hilt with the chopping form of a falchion blade. Such a blade would have been simpler to make for a village smithy over a double-edged sword and the cleaving power of such a blade was not to be mocked. The I-shape of the hilt not only provides a guard to protect the hand, but it also furnishes a second cross at the end of the grip which serves to couch the hand and to keep the short sword firmly in hand. The full-tang hilt construction was both durable and simple to create.
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