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“There can be but little doubt that it was the intercourse with the Orient which led to the swordsmith forging a curved blade after the fashion of the scimitar. […] The curved sword, popularly known as the falchion; was mentioned by Guiart, the famous writer of the XIIIth century. It figures in the hands of one of the warriors in the fresco formerly in the painted chamber, Westminster, assigned to the early years of the Xlllth century. […] We can, however, obtain ample evidence as to the character of these swords from extant examples, without being under the necessity of having to derive it solely from the testimony of pictures.”
A RECORD OF EUROPEAN ARMOUR AND ARMS THROUGH SEVEN CENTURIES BY SIR GUY FRANCIS LAKING, BART. C.B., M.V.O., F.S.A. LATE KEEPER OF THE KING'S ARMOURY (1920)
The falchion was chiefly used by archers and men-at-arms in the 1300’s. This falchion is a close copy of an original falchion displayed in Norwich Castle, England. Believed to date from around 1320, it was dredged from the bed of the River Yare at Thorpe St Andrew in 1833.
The two-dimensional look of this sword belies its heft and blade presence. At almost two kilos, this sword is no lightweight but its mass is not apparent when set in motion. The sword tracks well and this optimal tracking is easy to obtain. Because of its careful mass distribution, with much of the mass being concentrated close to the hilt, the sword is fast to set in motion and quick to recover. The long grip and forward pivot point of this sword (within an inch from the tip) make control very easy and give the feel of a natural extension of the hand during thrusting exercises.
The thick narrow blade is perfect for half-swording. When the blade of the sword is securely grabbed with the off-hand, half-swording techniques are easily and safely executed. The sword can be used with one hand, though the full potential is only unleashed when gripped with both hands. From an overall perspective, the general design of this piece is fantastic – the consummate medieval slasher. The piece's proportions, contours, shaping of the fittings and the profile of the blade are not only pleasing; but approximate the illustrations and photographs of the original.
The falchion gained popularity amongst all classes, from the lowly hired soldier to the most regal of nobility. It continued to be used throughout the centuries, mainly due to the brutal cutting blows it could deliver. Falchions have been widely depicted in artwork and literature, but very few surviving pieces exist: one of the best being the falchion displayed at Norwich Castle.
Important: The leather scabbard that comes with this sword, has a slit halfway down one side. This is to facilitate a quick draw and easy insertion; as the unusual shape of the blade makes a regular-style sheath too awkward for effective use. The sword remains secure in the scabbard by means of a strap that goes around the grip.
It arrived as expected, decently sharp and well made, no loose points, no rattling, one point which is very minor is the cross guard is misaligned to the blade edge a few degrees.
It is heavy for a one handed sword making it hard to control during some swings but is still quite usable and cuts well. Unknown on 24th Sep 2020
The sword was good - as expected.
The "high quality" scabbard not so good. After taking the sword out (& back in) a few times, the scabbard came apart fully along one side. (First night).
It was as though the stitching did not go from one side to the other.
[Reply from THE MEDIEVAL SHOPPE, Hi Tony - you're right in as much as the stitching does not go from one side to another. One side of the scabbard is supposed to be open, to enable a quick draw, amongst other reasons. This would have been like that as soon as you got it - perhaps you didn't initially notice. This is not unusual for swords that are wider near the end than at the base, as such swords tend to cut away at the inside of a scabbard every time they are drawn, unless they can be pulled out at an angle, hence the slit, also it would be impossible for a scabbard of such a sword to mirror the shape of the blade unless there was a side opening to allow withdrawal. This is why there's a clip and strap on the top of the scabbard to keep the sword in place.] Tony from Toowoomba on 24th Jul 2019
Just got my second sword from the medieval shoppe. This sword is a real weapon. Not some poorly made wall hanger. Its nice as a history buff to know what i buy from the medieval shoppe is top quality. A real joy . Very happy. Michael on 28th Jun 2019
for the price this sword is amazing, it is well forged it feels solid as a rock, came reasonably sharp, and the sheath is beautiful and well made.It is defineately a beast and feels more controllable with another hand on the pommel, however it can be used effectively with one hand. it is obviously hand forged , which adds a sort of beauty to the blade that is hard to explain without seeing it in person, in short, I LOVE IT, and i will be buying another sword or two in a few days, excellent product. j-chase on 28th Aug 2015