Tinker Early Medieval Sword

Starting at: 325.00€

The Tinker Early Medieval Sword is a single-hand sword with an Oakeshott Type XII blade. Oakeshott describes this type as having a broad, flat, evenly tapering blade and a good sharp point. A large number of these swords have survived; a true testament to their popularity. The type XII blade is found in many classical medieval swords, all the way from the 11th century until the early 15th century, but examples as early as the Viking Era can be seen. This type sword is prevalent also in medieval art, especially in the Maciejowski Bible (c.1250).

For much of European history both sword and armour have evolved hand in hand, the scales tipping in favor of defense at one point and in favor of offence at the next. In early history the preferred method of attack was the cut. As mail and eventually plate became more common, the sword too had to adapt. Little by little sword makers realized that small adjustments to the blade made the swords more serviceable not just in cutting, but in gaining a far superior controlled point for thrusts. These improvements were gained when blade profiles were tapered and the fullers shortened.

As with the rest of the swords in the Tinker line, this Medieval arming sword comes in sharp and blunt versions with identical handling characteristics. The sharp version has a 2/3 fuller with a flattened diamond section out towards the tip. The fuller in the blunt version is broader so as to move the steel mass towards the edges for safety. As is typical for type XII swords, this sword also has a short, straight guard. The cruciform hilt is both attractive and functional.

Many of the illustrations in the Royal Armouries Manuscript I.33 can be interpreted as being of Type XII design, which makes the blunt version an exceptional match for I.33 sword and buckler practice. The sharp version is right at home in the back yard, cutting water bottles and other targets. They are both fast and agile, yet with enough presence and a sense of functional purpose.

Handle has a wood core wrapped with string and covered with leather. The end of the tang is threaded. The pommel has a recess to fit the hexagonal nut to secure and tighten the hilt. This allows the hilt to be easily re-tightened or dismantled for inspection, customization and to exchange blades if needed. The wooden leather covered scabbard is included, and has steel chape and throat.
Made by Hanwei. Specs can vary slightly from piece to piece.

Overall length:98 cm
Blade length:81 cm
Handle length:16 cm
Weight:1,18 kg
Point of Balance:12 cm
Width at Guard:5,4 cm
Width at Tip:1,4 cm
Thickness at Guard:5,5 mm
Thickness at Tip:3,5 mm
Blade material:5160 carbon steel

About Tinker Peace Line:

Hanwei commissioned Michael ‘Tinker’ Pearce to design a line of swords that will satisfy both the sparring and cutting needs of Historical European Martial Arts practitioners. In this collection you get authentic and genuine pieces that are based on historical designs, but made with modern techniques and materials to make them as strong as possible. Every Tinker Pearce sword is a fully functional, battle-ready blade.

These swords are offered either blunt or sharpened, so you can choose whether you need one for cutting practice and authenticity or one for training, HEMA-combat and reenactment. Either way you get one of the finest modern medieval swords on the market with impressive handling.

The creator of these fine weapons is Michael Tinker Pearce, a noted maker of custom medieval swords, whose pieces have a long-standing reputation for durability and overall performance. He has studied swords for over thirty years and has been instrumental in making features such as authentic weight and balance as industry standards. His research and broad-based training has enabled him to understand both how swords were used by those who depended their lives on them, as well as the needs of modern re-enactors and martial artists.

These swords meet Tinkers quality requirements. Each blade is forged from 5160 Spring Steel, and is tempered to a hardness of 50-53 Hrc and the tang to the low 30s Hrc. For the Medieval models the very end of the tang is threaded. The pommel has a recess to fit the hexagonal nut to secure and tighten the hilt. This allows the hilt to be easily dismantled for inspection, customization, and to exchange blades if needed. The sharp and blunt blades are interchangeable on all the medieval models. The blades are intended for full on sparring, but may be replaced if needed, further reducing the long-term cost of these swords. The Viking Sword sharps and blunts are peened for historical authenticity and to meet the needs of collector and reenactment groups.

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