You remember the first time you held it. You knew so little then – of defence, of attack, of war. But you knew it felt good in your hands. A sensation you didn’t yet have words for – of the blade almost guiding your arms as they rose and fell, crossed and uncrossed.
You smile as your fingers play over the lined blue leather and curved guard, recalling the countless times your long-suffering master corrected your hand placement to take in that rounded pommel. You recall, too, how many fires you sat beside, years later, cleaning the blood from that deep-fullered blade.
You are old now, and scarred in more ways than one from your years of battle. The rack above your hearth bears finely engraved blades, and hilts wrapped with precious metals. Pretty trophies, you think, and each with a story – but tonight it’s an old friend’s company you crave.
Based on a much-loved Danelli longsword design, which Chris worked on as an apprentice, this longsword is simple and wieldy. It features a pear-shaped pommel, an S-shaped crossguard, and a double-fullered blade.
Our customer requested 6mm stock rather than the usual 8mm that we use for longswords, but nonetheless the blade features a strong taper and flex in the foible. True to the original design, we also closed the sword with a rounded nut rather than our standard peened construction.
A similar bespoke longsword would start at £800 plus shipping
The hand-forged heat-treated steel guard and pommel polished to a satin sheen, with hand carvings in the crossguard. The hardwood grip is wrapped first in linen, and then in midnight blue leather, with a cord riser at the waist. The blade features two fullers to half of its length.
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