Danish Two Handed Sword
Type XVIIIe, Medieval Sword
fifteenth Century (1410-1500)
The early history of Denmark, as part of the Nordic region, is dominated by the Viking age. The early Danes – or those who would become the early Danes – inhabited Denmark from the late 5th/early 6th century and onward. Epic poems (including Beowulf, one of the most well-known Old English documents in history) make reference to the Danes as fierce warriors. And not without reason; at the onset of the 9th century the Danes – like others in the Norse lands – participated in the exploration, settlement, and enthusiastic rehomement of wealth and goods the Vikings were so well known for.
Danish Vikings raided, traded, and conquered their way across Europe, establishing settlements in England, France, Ireland, and across the Netherlands. Their shipbuilding and navigation skills were so great that they settled as far away as Greenland, and even made contact with the Americas. The Danish lands existed over a wide area of Western and Northern Europe in one form or another for centuries. As the Middle Ages progressed the kingdom of Denmark went through multiple changes in borders and leadership due to pressures and turmoil inside and out. War was not just a common feature of Denmark’s history, it was a way of life – and other nations did not enter into battle with them lightly.
Due to this fairly colorful history, the Danes became known for some distinctive weaponry, of which this Danish Two-Handed battle ready Sword is an example. This medieval sword is classified as an Oakeshott Type XVIIIe, a very unusual member of the Type XVIII group. While it is believed that some examples of this group may be German or Italian in origin, the vast majority of Type XVIIIe medieval swords have been found almost exclusively in Denmark. Sword scholar Ewart Oakeshott in his 1964 volume The Sword in the Age of Chivalry remarked, “So many of these swords have been found in Denmark (including one which belonged to King Christian I, 1450-1481) that it may be said they are a characteristically Danish type” (p. 72). These Two-Handed Danish swords are some of the few that can be safely tied to a specific region.
The unique and defining characteristic of this type of sword is its unusual narrowed ricasso. It features a long, stiff diamond shaped blade with an extremely long handle, making it suitable for cut and thrust swordplay as many other swords were in the later 15th Century. Light and well balanced, this two handed battle ready sword has excellent cutting and thrusting abilities. Guided and balanced with the decorated globe pommel, the pointed guard can be used as a weapon capable of stabbing under the gorget and helmet, effectively defeating the opponent. The Danish Two handed battle ready sword’s long, unsharpened ricasso can be gripped to shorten up the blade for closer work. This option to fight with the “half sword” makes the Danish Two-Handed Medieval Sword an incredibly versatile weapon, able to be wielded as a two-handed sword or almost as a short spear when gripped at the ricasso. One of the most unique swords of the Late Medieval Period, The Two-Handed Danish Sword is sure to impress
Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel. Dual Tempered HRc 60
48-50 at the core
Total length: 50″
Blade length: 39″
Blade width: 1.5″
Weight: 2 lbs. 15 oz.
POB: 4 inches (the shoulder)
customer review of the Danish Sword:
“I love this sword, it’s light and very sharp, and the interlaced sword belt lets it be worn easily. The sword itself is very good for thrusting, and has a thin, narrow blade. It is in fact so light that I can effectively wield it with one hand. It is by far the best sword I’ve ever bought”. – Z. Beaman , USA.