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Sword of Saint Maurice 1566 Spring Steel Live Blade

Sword of Saint Maurice 1566 Spring Steel Live Blade


This long and slender single handed sword is a reproduction of the one housed in Vienna that dates from the late 11th to early 12th Centuries. This version of the sword leaves behind the likely later additions to the grip and envisions what an earlier version of the sword may have looked like.

Certainly a coronation sword of the Holy Roman Empire the hilt is adorned with the Arms of the Empire eagle crest on one side of the pommel and the personal arms of Otto IV (1198-1218) on the other. The guard is engraved with 'CHRISTUS VINCIT, CHRISTUS REGNAT, CHRISTUS IMPERAT.' (Christ Conquers, Christ Reigns, Christ Rules) used in an antiphon of the coronation anthem as well as a war cry used in the Third Crusade.

Oakeshott's Type XI swords are slender, mostly parallel blades with a long and thin fuller. This sword is on the longer side of the type with exceptional proportions.

The live blade is constructed of 1566 heat treated spring steel garnering an edge hardness of around 52-54hrc. The full tang is peened to the solid stainless steel pommel and cross guard for strength and authenticity. The leather covered timber sheath sports a stainless steel drag to protect the base of the scabbard while the stainless steel scabbard mouth protects the sheath from splitting. The grip is leather covered timber.

Overall: 43", 109 cm
Blade Length: 37 1/4", 94 cm
Handle Length: 3 3/4", 9.5 cm
Weight: 2lb 13oz, 1275 grams
Point of Balance: 7", 18cm
Point of Harmonics: 25", 63cm
Blade Steel: 1566
Hrc Edge: 52-54Hrc

Specs will vary slightly
from piece to piece.

1566 Steel Information.

A high-carbon and manganese spring steel used by Hanwei in many of their differentially hardened Japanese swords and through-hardened medieval swords. This deep hardening steel provides a consistent microstructure ensuring a long life and excellent edge holding in demanding applications.1566 Steel Composition: 0.6-0.7C 0.85-1.15Mn

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