Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Yeah, it's been more than a couple days. There may have been a concussion-related incident somewhere in there, but you know what? Now we get to say this: Western Costume Blog- We're Better with Brain Injuries!
If any one wants to make me a graphic for that, I'll totally post it, provided, of course, it meets with the family-friendly(ish) rating of this station. So then...Swords. Cool people have them.

Obviously. Let's learn things and be cool too.

Sword Anatomy- Courtesy of http://www.middle-ages.org.uk
Names of different parts of Medieval SwordsThe names of the different parts of a Medieval sword are as follows together with facts and information about their history:
  • The Blade - The blades of Medieval swords which were used in England were usually straight with two sharpened edges. The history of Blades shows that they were first made of Bronze, then iron and culminating in the steel Medieval swords
  • The Crossguard or Quillion - This was the handle of the sword resembling the shape of the Christian cross. Expensive to produce and sometimes covered in precious metals - bronze, silver or gold
  • The Edge - The cutting part of the blade. Medieval swords were designed to be used for blows directly against the opponent's body or shield and in the edge to edge style of sword fighting
  • The Forte - The strongest part of the swords blade, nearest the hilt
  • The Fuller - The central shallow on a straight double edged blade - also referred to as the 'Blood Gutter'!
  • The Grip - The hilt of swords held in the hand of the Knight. The Grip was often made of horn or wood, covered in leather and contoured to fit in the hand
  • The Hilt - The Hilt is the handle of the sword made up of the crossguard, grip and the pommel. The personal engravings on the hilt, and its expense, would often ensure that when a blade was disguarded the hilt would be re-used
  • The Pommel -The pommel was part of the hilt which acted as a counterweight to the blade on Medieval swords
  • The Tang - The tang was the unsharpened end of the sword blade covered by the hilt
(The Other Tang)

Different swords have slightly different terms. It's okay. Terms can be fun. It's not like there's a surprise spelling test next Wednesday, you know between recess and group-project time. Also, I'm sure if you start rattling these off to random strangers your cool factor will just skyrocket. I know mine does.

Western (American) Sword Anatomy- Check out http://sworddueling.com for even more detailed info. 

Fun fact: The medieval Greatsword could be up to 91 inches length. That's nearly eight feet. That's the deep end of residential swimming pool. Four words: Get out the way.

Reading instructions in plain English is just too easy for you? The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts teaches you how to use potentially deadly weapons in Olde English, and ...wait for it... translated medieval German. Hardcore, no? http://www.thearma.org/manuals.htm

Now go on, have fun*, and remember the sage words of http://www.sword-buyers-guide.com/index.html
"Getting a good Scottish Claymore for under $300 is not an easy task.."   Thanks for reading, and good luck with all of your sword related adventures.**
*Play safe, friends.
**Kingdom not guaranteed with purchase or removal of sword.

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