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The Sovereign 15th C. Renaissance Sword (#1322)

5.00 out of 5

We are pleased to present our new arming sword, the Sovereign. Taking inspiration from both Medieval French and German swords, the Sovereign is a late 15th century style arming sword with an Oakeshott type XVIII blade. The guard is decorated with a floral French motif, while the pommel is directly cast from a 15th century Katzbalger in the collection of the Sovereign co designer, Eyal Azerad.

Hand forged, the Sovereign’s blade is made from 5160 steel and deferentially heat treated to a Rockwell of 53 at the core and 60 at the cutting edge, giving the sword astounding toughness and flexibility. Light, agile, durable, and sturdy, this is an arming sword that any Medieval soldier would have been proud to call his own.

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Renaissance Sword

As the 15th century drew to a close, the nature of the battlefield – and the Renaissance Sword – was changing. The rise of towns and cities across Europe created the infrastructure required to produce blades in greater quality and numbers. No longer affordable only by the nobility, the sword became an infantry weapon, provided by the quartermaster and used by the common soldier on the battlefield.

Likewise, advances in armouring technology created a new battlefield where adaptability mattered at least as much as striking power. With the sword now used by both mounted knight and foot soldier, the blade had to be able to pierce the plate armour of the knight as well as a strike against the variety of armor used by the infantry. The blade evolved to have a strong, reinforced tip for thrusting while retaining an edge built for cutting. Known as a cut-and-thrust sword, this flexibility was often the difference between life and death in the heat of combat, regardless of if its bearer was an infantryman or a mounted knight.

The Sovereign 15th C. Renaissance Sword

We are pleased to present ‘The Renaissance’, co-designed by Darksword Armory and American bladesmith Bruce Brookhart. Taking inspiration from both Medieval French and German Swords, the Renaissance is a late 15th-century style arming sword with an Oakeshott type XVIII blade. The guard is decorated with a floral French motif while the ‘Writhen’ pommel is cast directly from a 15th century Katzbalger in the collection of the Renaissance co-designer, Eyal Azerad.

Hand forged, the Renaissance’s blade is made from 5160 steel and deferentially heat treated to a Rockwell of 53 at the core and 60 at the cutting edge, giving this medieval sword astounding toughness and flexibility. The Guard and pommel are solid Bronze, crowned with a slightly diamond shaped Oak grip. Light, agile, durable, and sturdy, this is an arming sword that any Medieval soldier would have been proud to call his own.

Bruce Brookhart is an American bladesmith and weapon designer. Bruce worked closely with Hank Reinhardt for over 15 years and consulted Ewart Oakeshott for over a decade.

Specs for The Renaissance Medieval Sword

Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel. Dual Tempered HRc 60
48-50 at the core
Total length: 41″
Blade length: 32″
Blade width at base: 2″
Guard & Pommel: Solid bronze
Weight: 2 lbs.

1 review for The Sovereign 15th C. Renaissance Sword (#1322)


  1. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    I purchased the Sovereign a couple of months back, and I wanted to make sure any review I wrote would not be biased by the blissful feeling of a new purchase. Now that I have had time to not only perform some test cuts, but also get used to it on display in my home, I must say that I am exceedingly satisfied with my purchase.
    The Sovereign’s design manages to accomplish the task I have always sought but seldom found: being historically plausible yet uniquely designed. Aesthetically speaking, this sword is striking. It has received numerous complements on its combination of class and functionality, even from those with no previous interest in medieval swords. My girlfriend’s description was “masculine yet elegant”. Many original designs end up gaudy, while many direct historical replicas lack personality. The Sovereign has personality, yet doesn’t push its individuality so far as to become overpowering. This sword has a subtle and respectable yet highly artistic design.
    Design is nothing without proper construction, however, and so cutting tests were done to see how this beauty performed. The construction felt solid before, during, and after the cuts. The blade, while incredibly light and quick, still manages to instill confidence and give the feel of an intimidating and forceful tool for combat.
    As for the team at Darksword, I couldn’t be more satisfied with their service. I exchanged emails, curious about the timeline for construction/delivery, and they kept a running dialogue with me the entire time. Although it was my first purchase from the company, I felt that my individual needs and concerns were being addressed by people who legitimately care about their products and customers. I am not used to that.
    The only downside to this purchase is that I now find myself browsing the Darksword Armory site looking for possible future purchases. The Sovereign was bought for a very specific and personal reason, and I hadn’t planned on starting a collection, but such is life.

    I purchased the Sovereign a couple of months back, and I wanted to make sure any review I wrote would not be biased by the blissful feeling of a new purchase. Now that I have had time to not only perform some test cuts, but also get used to it on display in my home, I must say that I am exceedingly satisfied with my purchase.
    The Sovereign’s design manages to accomplish the task I have always sought but seldom found: being historically plausible yet uniquely designed. Aesthetically speaking, this sword is striking. It has received numerous complements on its combination of class and functionality, even from those with no previous interest in medieval swords. My girlfriend’s description was “masculine yet elegant”. Many original designs end up gaudy, while many direct historical replicas lack personality. The Sovereign has personality, yet doesn’t push its individuality so far as to become overpowering. This sword has a subtle and respectable yet highly artistic design.
    Design is nothing without proper construction, however, and so cutting tests were done to see how this beauty performed. The construction felt solid before, during, and after the cuts. The blade, while incredibly light and quick, still manages to instill confidence and give the feel of an intimidating and forceful tool for combat.
    As for the team at Darksword, I couldn’t be more satisfied with their service. I exchanged emails, curious about the timeline for construction/delivery, and they kept a running dialogue with me the entire time. Although it was my first purchase from the company, I felt that my individual needs and concerns were being addressed by people who legitimately care about their products and customers. I am not used to that.
    The only downside to this purchase is that I now find myself browsing the Darksword Armory site looking for possible future purchases. The Sovereign was bought for a very specific and personal reason, and I hadn’t planned on starting a collection, but such is life.

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