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Broadsword description - medieval broadsword was a sword with a broad
blade and usually two lethal cutting edges. The broadsword was used to
cut rather than stab. Broadsword was predominantly used by a medieval
knights and fighters.
You can check Oakeshott typology
page for more medieval broadsword variants.
Broadsword was the earliest of the medieval swords from the 6th century.
Broadsword had a two-edged blade measuring 2-3 inches wide at the base
which tapered to a point.
The length of the Broadsword ranged from 30 - 45 inches.
The Medieval Broadsword weighed between 3 - 5 pounds.
Scottish basket hilt broadsword
Basket hilt broadsword is a Scottish variant of the broadsword.
Basket-Hilt swords appeared throughout Britain from the mid-sixteenth
century on, their association with the seventeenth and eighteenth
century Scottish highlander has become legendary.
English mortuary broadsword
This (usually) two-edged sword sported a half-basket hilt with a
straight blade some 90 - 105 cm long (35.5" - 41.3"). This broadsword
was widely used during English civil war in 17th century at time of
Italian schiavona broadsword
The schiavona came from mercenaries who were bodyguards of Venetian
Doge. The schiavona became popular among the armies of those who traded
with Italy during the 17th century and was the weapon of choice for many
heavy cavalry. The broadsword was popular among mercenary soldiers and
wealthy civilians alike; examples decorated with gilding and precious
stones were imported by the upper classes to be worn as a combination of
fashion accessory and defensive weapon. Original schiavona blade
measures 93.2 cm × 3.4 cm × 0.45 cm and bears two fullers or grooves
running about 1/4 the length of the blade. Weighing in at around 1.1 kg,
this blade was useful for both cut and thrust.
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