The Parts of a Sword
Richard Morgan / Friday, 18 February 2011 17:22
Medieval weapons are familiar to us for the simple reason that we see replicas of them every day, in the movies, in movie ads, in picture books and reference books, even in display cases at various museums.  Actors and actress see medieval weapons replicas up close and personal every time they enter a set where a medieval period movie is being filmed.  Some of these replicas are designed to prevent injury during filming, such as the dulling of a sword.  For those of you who collect medieval weapons replicas, you see them every time you walk through your living room or wherever it is you have them on display.

Swords are perhaps the most popular of all medieval weapons, with replicas being produced, sold, and purchased all over the world.  You can get them just about anywhere.  Although, it is still possible to order medieval weapons replicas from a mail order catalog, most people opt for the Internet.  Whether you are browsing an online catalog or a mail order catalog, there is likely to be a detailed description of all the medieval weapons replicas in the store.  These are certainly helpful, as they help you decide which medieval weapons replicas to purchase and which ones to avoid.  However, a description is even more helpful when the customer is familiar with the parts of the medieval weapons replicas that he or she is looking for.  

If you’ve just started collecting medieval sword replicas, you may not know what a “hilt” or “pommel” is, and you aren’t likely to find a labeled diagram in an online description.  Obviously, if you see the word “hilt” in the description, you know that it’s a part of the sword, but it helps to know where that part is located in relation to the sword.  When browsing our catalog or any other online catalog that features medieval weapons replicas, you can usually click on the image to make it larger.  This makes it a whole lot easier to see the medieval product in question, in which case you are more likely to end up purchasing replicas of the weapons you had in mind.  It’s also easier for you to get a closer look at the details.

As for identifying the parts of these magnificent medieval weapons replicas, click on the image of the medieval sword that you are interested in.  With some replicas, weapons will be pictured with the handle on the top, but in others it may be on the bottom.  All medieval weapons of this nature have the same basic construction, but some replicas have special features.  While the tip is simply called a “tip,” there are four basic parts—the blade, the guard, the hilt, and the pommel.  

Beginning from the tip of the blade and moving up, are the flat, (sides) the edge, (sharpened portion) the fuller, (shallow groove that runs the length of the blade) the back, (unsharpened portion) and the tang. (hidden part of the blade)  If you are viewing medieval weapons replicas that have a double edge, there is no back.  Again, some of these medieval weapons replicas have a special feature, but next on the list are the guard, (protective metal piece) hilt, (handle) and pummel. (the counterweight at end of the hilt)  Also, the guard, grip, (handle proper) and pommel are collectively called the “hilt.”

And there you have it.  All of the terms you’re likely to see when browsing our beautiful medieval weapons replicas.  If you do happen to purchase anything, we hope that you enjoy the medieval weapons replicas we selected for our customers, and we thank you for choosing our store!

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The Men Behind The Weapons

In medieval history, one of the most important types of people was the blacksmith or “smithy.”  The smithy was responsible for the weapons replicas of today.  His job was to make, repair, and maintain the village weapons as well as those used in the medieval military.  Virtually all of the replicas in our catalog originated with a medieval blacksmith.  In addition to weapons, he made tools for the village and is also due credit for the armor replicas that are also available wherever medieval weapons replicas are sold.

Forming Safe Shopping Habits

If you’re looking for a great buy on medieval weapons replicas, the best place to find it is online.  We can certainly offer you some of the best medieval weapons replicas on the market, and our prices are certainly competitive.  But finding them online is the best way to go no matter which medieval weapons shop you choose or how many replicas you’re looking for.  You know the reasons—convenience, wide selection, 24 hour access, etc.  But like many people, you may feel a bit apprehensive about shopping for medieval weapons replicas online, and everything else for that matter.

The Parts of a Sword

Medieval weapons are familiar to us for the simple reason that we see replicas of them every day, in the movies, in movie ads, in picture books and reference books, even in display cases at various museums.  Actors and actress see medieval weapons replicas up close and personal every time they enter a set where a medieval period movie is being filmed.  Some of these replicas are designed to prevent injury during filming, such as the dulling of a sword.  For those of you who collect medieval weapons replicas, you see them every time you walk through your living room or wherever it is you have them on display.

Our Fine Fire Breathing Friends

Are you in the market for medieval weapons replicas that feature some type of dragon?  Perhaps you’re a dragon collector and you’re looking for something to add to the medieval flavor.  Our weapons replicas will certainly do the trick.  You can choose from swords, knives, daggers, axes, several of which include beautiful dragon engravings and designs that any medieval weapons lover can appreciate.  Like all high quality replicas, our medieval weapons have the look and feel of the real thing.  That’s what replicas are all about.  After all, dragon or no dragon, what good is a medieval scene if the weapons, the costumes, and other exciting replicas don’t leave you feeling like you just stepped into the Middle Ages?

Age of Chivalry

The sword was devised as a weapon of individual combat in the Age of Chivalry. In medievil times before the advent of gunpowder and rifles, swords were the weapon of choice for men that presented themselves as gentlemen, cavaliers, or mercenaries.  

 

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