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Great Ouse River Sword


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Great Ouse River SwordGreat Ouse River Sword
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Circa 1370-1400
This superb sword is copied from an Oakeshott Type XVII found in the great Ouse River at Ely in Cambridgeshire, England and is housed in the Fitzwilliam Museum. It's a leading example of the Sempach family of swords, named for two very similar swords found in graves at the site of the Battle of Sempach fought near Zurich in 1386. This is a long thrusting sword and like the original, surprisingly light, beautifully balanced and "ready" in the hand. The pommel and guard are steel. The two-hand grip is wood covered in cord and leather, while the blade is well tempered 1095 high carbon steel. Comes with scabbard. This sword can be seen in E. Oakeshott's book Records of the Medieval Sword. An important sword type for your collection or a great sword to start one with. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
  • Overall: 46-1/4"
  • Blade: 36" x 1-7/8" x 3/16"
  • Wt: 2 lbs/12oz
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Very nice!!
Reviewed by Adam  T
2/4/2016 11:43:54 PM
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This has fast become my favorite sword for dry handling and non-contact training. Seriously, its light, fast and well balanced and a total joy to wield. Now, the negative thing is that Windlass got the blade profile totally wrong. A Type XVII like this should have a hexagonal blade cross section, but it doesn't. Instead, it uses a standard lenticular section, or a flat bar hammered into a lenticular section. As a result, it isn't nearly as stiff as an Oakeshott Type XVII should be like its prototype in Cambridge. These blades were optimized for thrusting and were known for their stiffness, unlike the Windlass version which is seriously whippy and bendy. Now, having said that I still love mine. While I haven't cut with it, I have seen others who have, and it functions well in that regard. The tip is also seriously sharp and a little bit intimidating, just as it should be. Anyway, I'm giving it a 4/5 stars sue to the blade type inaccuracy. If Windlass is going to claim its a replica of a specific sword (this one is in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge) then they need to replicate the proper blade profile. For all other matters, this one is a keeper.
Reviewed by Robert  M
1/23/2016 11:13:28 PM
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Sword was exactly as expected. Wonderful balance, sharp edge, no Knicks or blemishes in the steel. Wonderful overall. My one complaint would be the scabbard, it was dented/curved at the tip. This could have happened during shipping. In any event, it doesn't detract from the sword quailty.
Reviewed by joel  g
1/7/2016 12:34:29 AM
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Dollar for dollar, this likely the best sword available anywhere. 5-star fit, finish, edge, steel and looks. Handles beautifully, balanced perfectly for two hands and handles great single handed. WOW!!!
Reviewed by Anonymous
1/5/2016 10:04:27 PM
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This is my first sword purchase and I could not be more impressed with the quality or workmanship that has gone into this weapon!!!
Reviewed by Eric  W
12/19/2014 3:04:36 PM