Medieval Swords Beyond Diamond Blades

Today we take a look at a couple of original swords from the Oakeshott Institute, as well as the Arms and Armor Bohemian Broadsword. This is a preview of a lecture by Dr. Nathan Clough that will be presented at the Valley of the Sun Cutting Tournament in Phoenix, AZ. next weekend, Jan. 13-14 2024.

Bohemian Broadsword

Arms and Armor Bohemian Broadsword

The argument is that swords with a flattened diamond cross section in the blade are over-represented today relative to the wife variety of blades from the 12th-16th centuries. In this video we look at swords with, repetitively, a flattened hexagonal cross section, a lenticular fullered cross section, and an essentially flat section.

As always, our swords are entirely made by us at our shop in Minneapolis, MN out of 6150 carbon steel, hardened and tempered to 50-52 Rockwell. Our swords are made to look, feel, and function just like the historical originals on which they are based.

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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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