Hungarian Sword Spotlight

The Arms and Armor Hungarian Sword is an Oakeshott type XI blade based on an original sword from the early 13th century.  This was the period of maille armor, great helms, and the flowering of European knightly traditions.

13th century knights

Knights in 13th century armor

Measuring over 43" in total length, with a 36" blade, a Brazil-nut pommel, and an elegant, wide cross, this sword is dramatic and powerful.  

Arms and Armor Hungarian Sword

Arms and Armor Hungarian Sword

In the 13th century Hungary, and Eastern Europe in general, was a crossroads between the East and the West. When the Mongols invaded Hungary in 1241-1242 it is a certainty that swords very much like this one were used by the defenders in fortresses like Visegrad Castle, pictured below.  

Visegrad castle

Check out this video with Arms and Armor VP Nathan handling and describing this awesome weapon.


divider swords

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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