Duke of Urbino Sword Spotlight

The Duke of Urbino Sword is the very definition of a type XV blade and a classic example of a high Medieval, Italian, single-handed sword. One can see this style of sword in many depictions of the period in the hand of armored and unarmored fighters. It has exceptional handling characteristics which allow it to be an extension of the hand when in use. This is a quality any well designed sword should have, but this one is truly special. While maintaining dominance in the cut, the point of this sword tracks superbly. When skilled swordsmen or new hobbyists pick it up, the reaction is always the same - this sword feels perfect in the hand.  
15thC Italian Armored Combat
15th C Italian Combat
Duke of Urbino sword hilt detail
Duke of Urbino Sword
The sword is 37 and a half inches long, with a 31 inch blade. The piece weighs just over two and a half pounds. The result is a lightweight single-handed sword that packs more punch than one expects. It can be finished with a variety of grip and finish options.
We have named this sword after an incredible example of the Italian Renaissance man. The Duke of Urbino, Federico da Montefeltro. He was an individual who was nicknamed "the light of Italy" at a time when the arts and culture of the period were making achievements we still recognize as exceptional. He was a successful condottiero, a soldier of fortune in the Renaissance period, as well as being a major patron of the arts.

His loss of an eye in a joust, which would have ended the careers of most, but he had doctors remove the bridge of his nose to improve his field of vision, both for military needs and to help guard against assassination. Check out his portrait below. This was a man who understood what was required in a sword.

frederico de montefeltro

His renown was so great that not only was he awarded many titles and military honors in Italy, but he was also inducted into the Order of the Garter by Edward the IV of England. He also left an artistic and architectural legacy. He had two studies designed and built for his use, made with intarsia or inlaid wood, an artistic form of decoration for objects and furniture that was then at its apogee. Check out the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace in Gubbio, now in the Met it is one of our favorite spots ever. In all, he was the epitome of a renaissance gentleman. This sword is no less notable than its namesake.


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Nathan Clough, Ph.D. is Vice President of Arms and Armor and a member of the governing board of The Oakeshott Institute. He is a historical martial artist and a former university professor of cultural geography.  He has given presentations on historical arms at events including Longpoint and Combatcon, and presented scholarly papers at, among others, The International Congress on Medieval Studies.

Craig Johnson is the Production Manager of Arms and Armor and Secretary of The Oakeshott Institute. He has taught and published on the history of arms, armor and western martial arts for over 30 years. He has lectured at several schools and Universities, WMAW, HEMAC, 4W, and ICMS at Kalamazoo. His experiences include iron smelting, jousting, theatrical combat instruction and choreography, historical research, European martial arts and crafting weapons and armor since 1985.

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