Friday, June 10, 2016

Swords for Display

To some, the only sword is one that functions in battle. Able to take an edge, then both give and receive blows. But in today's society there isn't much practical use for a functioning sword. In the interest of lowering maintenance and reducing the possibility for harm, decorative swords became a reality. Most display swords are made of a low grade stainless steel. This gives the blade the heft and feel of a real sword but removes the need to constantly be warding off rust. Another common method is to take a lower grade steel or iron and coat it with a nickel finish, which will once again prevent the sword from rusting, while adding a more mirrored finish to the blade. But not all display swords are created equally. For example, military ceremonial swords can be made of "battle ready" steel but because of current advances in technology, are not expected to be used. A decorative sword is an excellent way to showcase your passion without bringing the extra danger home. It shouldn't be looked down on as an inferior weapon, but embraced as a suitable concession to safety or even an artistic tribute.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Swords of the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages or Medieval Period covers quite a large amount of history. Beginning in the 5th century, it spans all the way into the 15th century. Naturally such a long period of time allows for numerous changes in weaponry. While we can't cover all of them in a single sitting, here are some common types of medieval swords.

The Classic Medieval Sword

While the name may not conjure images of greatness, it is apt. When people tend to visualize the most bare bones version of a sword, this is probably what pops into their head. A cruciform sword, this means that the hilt extended from the sides enough to form  a cross or lower case "t" when observed. Double edged and meant for one-handed use.

The War Sword

In the Early Middle Ages this was the "go to" sword. While it's name is somewhat of a catch all title for swords used in war, it was also known as an Arming Sword. This makes it easier to define as a double edged, cruciform sword that was widely used in military combat. Light enough to be used with one hand, this sword made a great pairing with shield or buckler.

The Falchion

Typically single-edged, the Falchion had incredible utilitarian chopping power but was versatile enough for close quarters combat. Few original pieces have survived the years and because of this, placing the sword among classes has been difficult. Useful outside of battle, it seems likely that this sword would be common among the lower classes. But the sword is frequently depicted among archers and mounted knights as well.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Learning about Chain Mail

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" - Aristotle This is the driving principle of chain mail (that's how I'm spelling it). A small ring of metal becomes life saving armor, when properly linked together. Used in many forms and design styles over the ages, we still see chain mail in use today in both practical and ornamental ventures such as fashion or butcher's mail. Easily most recognizable is the standard European 4-in-1 style of mail. Entire suits were made in this method to protect the wearer from cuts. Also popular was the Japanese style 6-in-1 mail, which was generally not used for full suits. Japanese mail covered areas like the elbows or armpits, providing mobile, less restrictive protection and connecting the more rigid pieces of armor.  Stay tuned as there is more on mail to come!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Royal Father's Day Deal!

"Carried by my father, and his father before him..." There is something sacred in the traditions of lineage. There was once a time that the rite of manhood was only achieved after handing down ownership of the family sword. While that tradition may not be active today it can still be fun. But what's that? Your father has no sword to bequeath? What a terrible misfortune! But luckily for you Museum Replicas has your back! Starting June 2nd and continuing until June 19th you can get FREE SHIPPING when you buy a sword valued at $200 or more! If you were to couple this deal with say, the introduction prices on the Battlecry swords, you're getting substantial savings! Do yourself a favor give Dad the gift that keeps on giving, generation after generation.