1300 – 1350 A.D Museum of London, original found in the River Thames in London.
“A Templar Knight is truly a fearless knight, and secure on every side, for his soul is protected by the armour of faith, just as his body is protected by the armour of steel. He is thus doubly armed, and need fear neither demons nor men.”
Bernard de Clairvaux, c. 1135,
De Laude Novae Militae—In Praise of the New Knighthood
For nearly two centuries, the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon – known as the Knights Templar – were a political, military, and religious force in Europe and the Middle East. Formed at the end of the First Crusade as a group of knights – originally French – who took monastic vows, they swore to protect pilgrims travelling from Europe to the Holy Land. Their headquarters was in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount, which led to their name (which references the Temple of Solomon). While the Order began without wealth, living off donations from villagers, the Templar Knights emerged as an extremely wealthy and politically powerful organisation. One of the reasons for this was Pope Innocent II’s 1139 proclamation that exempted the Order from local laws, which left them answerable to no government except the Pope himself. This catapulted them from an order of militaristic monks into a political force to be reckoned with.
Initially, the Knights Templar were a military order – and a wildly successful one, with stores of their mounted knights breaking much superior forces. However, as the Order expanded, they began branching out in new and innovative directions. The Order became an early form of bank, able to receive deposits, hold valuables and funds, and provide loans – with interest, previously forbidden to church organisations. This newfound ability became the Order’s primary focus, and their activities changed to match. Many wealthy and powerful people found themselves in debt to a military order that was above the law in every sense of the word. One such individual was King Phillip IV of France, who was deeply indebted to the Order. King Phillip initiated the fall of the Order in 1307, arresting many Knights Templar and torturing them into admitted to heresy. Facing political pressure as a result of the scandal, Pope Clement ordered the Order dissolved in 1312. Many of their members were executed, their assets were seized and distributed to other orders of the Church, and the last Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, was burned at the stake in 1314. The greatest military force of the Crusader era was gone.
Despite this fall from grace, the Knights Templar have captured the imagination of modern sword collectors and history enthusiasts. Their weapons have been the subject of much interest, and while many of the original weapons were destroyed and or thrown into rivers following the dissolution of the Order, a handful of good examples survived. Numerous photographs of the original Two Handed Templar sword are published in “The Journal of Arms and Armour Society”, (Oakeshott, E. “A war sword of the XIVth Century in the Guildhall Museum”). The sword of the crusaders and the Templar Knights, in their crucifix form, exemplifies the archetypical Sword of the middle ages.
The embellishing of the pommel, with its decorative cross, was common on Templar swords. As a medieval weapon, the Two handed Templar sword is an imposing, powerful yet elegant piece. Hefty, yet carefully balanced for optimum functionality, the sword is resilient, reliable and virtually indestructible. meticulously crafted with a 2.3” wide blade, the Templar sword not only provides devastating cuts but can thrust through armor with unrivalled ease. In a nutshell, the Two handed Templar sword is a dependable sword that will last for generations.
Photograph of the original sword, on display at the Museum of London, in England.
Two Handed Templar Sword
“Both my swords arrived in good order. I already took the Templar sword through it’s paces in a few strokes and flow drills, and I must compliment you on your excellent work. The Templar sword is well-balanced and fast. I also want to thank you for your quick replies and excellent service. I will certainly order more from you in the future.”
~ Mart van de Wege, the Netherlands
“I received my Templar Sword two weeks ago. I want to thank you for making such a beautiful piece and for the obvious care you put in your craft.”
~Steven Byers, Boston, USA.
“I Just received my Templar sword today! Gorgeous workmanship!”
~Brian Lane, USA.
‘THANK YOU ! I received the swords and they are awesome ! you guys sure do nice work, I am very impressed. Heck, my brother even likes them and he doesn’t like anything! Thanks Again’
~R. O’Connor, Illinois, USA.
‘Hello Eyal. Your work. In one word: perfect! I thank you very much. with the highest esteem!’
~Michael R. Rostock, Germany.
“Never in my wildest dreams would i had thought that i possess swords, that are made from the same soil in the same continent that i live . Eyals, DarkSword Armory ,have to be the best Blades in the world ,bar none. The workmanship, the attention to detail, the passion that goes into each work of art is wonderful . I own several, with more coming , Eyal and your crew are the best in my mind . You guys produce beautiful, functional, tough works of art . your swords are simply Bad ass ! Keep up the good fight . Excalibur is next ! You guys are the best !!! Sincerely. J Bonds, USA
Photograph of the original sword
1300 – 1350 A.D Museum of London, England.
Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel. Dual Tempered HRc 60
48-50 at the core
Total length: 45″
Blade length: 36″
Blade width at base: 2″
Weight: 4 lbs. 6 oz.
Henning Skotteberg –
A I am very satisfied with this Two Handed Templar Sword, it’s have a good balance . Good to hold in my hands. A strong and beatiful sword.
Henning Skotteberg –
I am very satisfied with this Two Handed Templar Sword. It’s have a good balance. Good to hold in my hands. A strong and beatiful sword.
Michael Willis –
Beyond satisfied with this amazing sword. Best balance I have ever handled, it’s heavy without being overwhelming. Feels ALIVE in your hands. Easy to hold and maneuver in one hand, works great with two hands. Slices clean through targets, balances well enough for stabbing. Guard is large enough to protect the hand and wrist, pommel is heavy enough to smash a skull in! Truly, if the Knights Templar carried this masterpiece, they really would have been swordmasters! It’s the Lamborghini, the Fabrik National of swords. A deal at twice the price, it’s been my go two for home decor and defense! Paired mine with a double wrap belt from Museum Replicas, and it’s absolutely amazing. Spend the extra money, get it factory sharpened, even if it’s for just decor, you’ll be happier!
Ricky B –
This is one of my absolute favourite swords… I have a lot of the Dark Sword Armory blades and can recommend this one to practitioners who prefer a blade-heavy balance, good clean cutting edge, and shorter two-handed grip, which is characteristic of the 12th & 13th Century War Swords (Épée de Guerre) when compared to the late Middle Ages Longswords.
This sword, together with the Dark Sword 12th Century Templar Sword, 15th Century Bastard Sword and Black Prince Sword now make up the majority of my training routine. It is a truly beautiful sword and I find it difficult to put down. The Pommel, grip and quillions make the sword comfortable to hold while complementing the beautiful blade. I don’t think it is possible to find anything to criticise or to disappoint collectors or practitioners… Not really a sword for the beginner, due to the blade-heavy balance, but for any dedicated student of swordplay the balance will soon feel enjoyable.
Fantastic customer service from Michael, as usual… I cannot recommend this sword enough. Thank you to all the team at Dark Sword Armory
Robert Norton –
This is my 4th sword from Darksword armory. I’m a big fan of the knight Templars and I truly love this sword. It’s a great cutting sword. I highly recommend this sword for anyone’s collection.
Joe Czarnecki (verified owner) –
This is my 1st sword and I must say it has hooked me. The quality and craftsmanship put in by Darksword Armory are amazing. It is as beautiful to look at as it would be deadly in battle. I will most definitely be buying additional works of art from Darksword in the future.
William Brecheen (verified owner) –
I received my Two Handed Templar sword today, and because words can be paltry things, I will only use a few.
Quality steel, fashioned into a poetic and artistic masterpiece of strength and potent beauty. It is everything I had hoped for and more. The sword is a pure masterpiece, but the scabbard is also quality and a joy in appearance, functionality, and even smell (leather is as good as the smell of bacon, for me).
I am a member of an elite Templar Order, and will be proud to don this blade along with tabard and surcoat.
Attention to detail: Exquisite.
Shipping to Italy: Rapid
Fit and finish: High quality.
Sturdiness and strength: Solid
Ease of use: Balanced, and feels like an extension of my arm.
Bravo, Darksword Armory. Bravo
Steven de Anger (verified owner) –
I looked online for almost 2 years and the last year I’ve basically been researching this one. Honest educated info is hard to come by on alot of medieval information. This sword is phenomenal. You will need to work out, you will need to learn techniques, you will need to treat the steel within a week or soo, then after each use. Everything is straight and perfect and solid, sharp, and shiny. I do recommend watching your credit after using thier payment company as the next day my credit card info was stolen, a week later that had my other card info. Maybe a coincidence I’m not sure. I actually never recieved a response to my email I sent about a week before I ordered it. I was nervous about buying and waiting 6 months. But I went ahead anyway. Soo glad I did. Sword was shipped and the horribly reviewed Canpar delivered with no issues and was polite I’m told to my wife’s sister where I had it delivered…… Scabbard is beautiful. I believe it’s a right side scabbard for left hand draw, I’m right handed, maybe Dark sword Armory will insert a select a right or left hand draw scabbards and sheathes, if the daggers have interlaced belts I’d have to look again. And I will. I want a dagger too. Next. Absolutely suggest getting your sword here. Not many other companies making swords the right way. Mine was ;)-“””