Irish Sword - Oakeshott Type XVIII

Product image 1Irish Sword #085 ring hilt with Oakeshott Type XVIII blade.
Product image 2Irish Sword #085 blued finish Oakeshott Type XVIII blade.
Product image 3Irish Sword #085 ring hilt full length.
Product image 4Irish Sword #085 ring hilt.

Regular price $930.00

Based on Original: Circa 1480-1520 Irish, Provenance Unknown

Overall Length: 37.4"

Blade Length: 31.5"

Blade Width: 1.75"

Quillon Width: 9.1"

Grip Length: 3"

Balance Point: 5.25"

Weight: 2.5 lbs / 1134 gr

 

This is a purely Irish design and one of only a few types of sword which can be attributed to a specific nationality. It's a unique design, highlighted by a spatulated crossguard and a pommel constructed as a ring with the tang passing through it. A rare sword for any collection.

The style of sword was carried by the Irish fighters in their homeland and as mercenary soldiers on the continent. They had aquired a fearsome reputation as stealthy fighters. Probably in no small part to their constant practice of cattle raiding back home.

The unquie pommel design is probably a development from the normal wheel pommel style. Some of these where made as a heavy ring with face plates. If the face plates are left off this structure you would have a ring for a pommel.

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