Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Handmade Swords - Viikinkimiekka X 
Maker: jarkko1
Measurements: overall length: 93cm, blade length: 77, weight: 1215g
The sword, close to the R–S-types, features a blade with pattern welded with solid carbon steel edges. It has a hollow cross, and the upperguard and pommel are made from iron and they are filled with walnut wood.
Between the pommel lobes you can find twisted silver wire. The grip is made of walnut wood and moose antlers; the scabbard is made from pinewood, with leather covering and linen/wool inside while the strap slide is also made from moose antler.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Jarkko Niskanen

Handmade Swords - Viikinkimiekka X

  • Maker: jarkko1
  • Measurements: overall length: 93cm, blade length: 77, weight: 1215g

The sword, close to the R–S-types, features a blade with pattern welded with solid carbon steel edges. It has a hollow cross, and the upperguard and pommel are made from iron and they are filled with walnut wood.

Between the pommel lobes you can find twisted silver wire. The grip is made of walnut wood and moose antlers; the scabbard is made from pinewood, with leather covering and linen/wool inside while the strap slide is also made from moose antler.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Jarkko Niskanen

Viking Sword 

  • Dated: 9th/10th century
  • Measurements: overall length 94.5 cm. Blade length 79.4 cm

Presented in conserved excavated condition with patina characteristic of a river find, the sword has a broad flat blade tapering slightly over its upper third, formed with a short blunt point. The central part of the blade surface is showing distinct pattern-welded horizontal patterns formed in three vertical parallel lines over the greater part of the blade length, both “herringbone” and wavy linear.

The edges and the area immediately below the point are forming a frame forged in a less distinct pattern of vertical irregular wavy lines, fitted with pommel of two-part construction. The lower piece is elliptical with horizontal medial ridge, while the upper part is thinner in section, both sides being vertically segmented by two shallow recessed panels bordered by a series of very narrow ridges and a pair matching narrow flutes. Together they are forming a lobated upper edge, but the crosspiece is a modern reconstruction “aged” to match. 

For a detailed study of swords from German collections dating from the 8th-12th centuries and for their categorisation, see Alfred Geibig, “Beiträge zur morphologischen Entwicklung des Schwertes im Mittelalter”, in Offa-Bücher. Band 71, Neumünster 1991. The pommel on the presented sword is classified by Geibig as Kombinationstyp 3 (see pp. 33-36, fig. 4.)

Source: Copyright © 2014 Hermann Historica

Hand-and-a-Half Sword

  • Dated: first half of the 16th century
  • Culture: North European
  • Measurements: overall lenght 92.5 cm

The sword is presents in excavated condition. It features a broad double-edged blade cut with three narrow central fullers over nearly its entire length on each side, the iron hilt comprising a figure-eight shaped guard made of a single slender tapering circular-section bar in the form of a snake bent round upon itself, flat sharply tapering tang, and large rounded pommel with a separate rosette-shaped brass button.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Bonhams

Rapier Sword

  • Dated: early 17th century
  • Culture: German
  • Measurements: overall length 123 cm

The sword has a long, straight, double-edged blade, with a central fuller with a slightly visible inscription at the forte. It features a fine, iron hilt with lower side ring, two shell-shaped valves and another valve at the front pierced with a flower. The “S”-shaped quillon has two-loop guard, creating a cage at the rear part. The massive, oval pommel has a large closing button, wooden grip with iron wire binding and a moor’s heads.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L.

Battleaxe (Tabar) with Dagger

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Place of Origin: Northern India
  • Medium: steel, copper, brass.
  • Measurements: overall length: 56 cm; axe blade length: 13 cm; dagger blade length: 26 cm

The weapon features a crescent shaped head with a steel blade covered in brass and decorated with engraved arabesque motifs. In the counter blade it has an elephant surrounded by two tigers, in a perfect silhouette, made of forged brass.

The tubular handle is completely covered in brass, ornamented with a vegetal themed chisel work. It is finished by a lotus button which serves as a handle for a small dagger hidden inside it.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Caravana Collection

'Revival' Sword

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Culture: Persian
  • Measurements: overall length: 36.5 inches (925mm). Blade length: 30 inches (765mm)

This Persian straight sword is known as a ‘Revival sword’, due to the fact this type of sword reviving the use of 15th Century style Islamic straight swords.

The example is larger than most, with a blade forged from Wootz Damascus, with a central panel on each side containing intricately chiselled Quaranic verses. The forte chiselled with Qajar style animal scenes.

Both sides gold inlaid in Persian ‘Sultan (Al) Sultan Akbar Shah’, attributing the sword to the reign of Persian King, Nasr al Din Shah (1848-1896). The hilt of stylistic form, with drooping monster head quillions, and etched quaranic cartouches.

Sidenotes:

  1. The concept of “Islamic weaponry” features this unique example of that category, known among collectors as the “Persian revival sword”.
  2. Confusion arises largely from categories (such as “Islamic”) imposed by writers without proper understanding of the sword’s form, function, and historical context.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Akaal Arms

Yataghan Sword

  • Dated: 1727-1728
  • Culture: Ottoman
  • Medium: stell with walrus tusk ivory, leather, incised and stamped gold
  • Measurements: overall length: 21 1/4 inches (53.98 cm)

Source: Copyright © 2014 LACMA

Ceremonial Sword

  • Dated: 18th century
  • Maker: unknown
  • Culture: Jaipur, India and Isphahan, Iran
  • Medium: gold, table-diamonds, walrus-ivory, cabachon rubies, watered steel, wood, leather, enamel and stone, enamelled
  • Measurements: blade length: 95.2 cm

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Wallace Collection

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MAN AT ARMS: The Lich King’s Frostmourne (World of Warcraft)

Master swordsmith Tony Swatton recreates the Lich King’s Frostmourne from World of Warcraft.

Source: YouTube