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15th Century Falchion

#501830
$594.95

This replica English infantry hanger, or falchion is part of the Royal Armouries Collection by Windlass. The original sword has resided in the Royal Armouries collection since before 1916 and its exact origin before that is unknown. These short swords were popular sidearms for billmen and archers during the Wars of the Roses and into the early Tudor period.

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OVERVIEW

Royal Armouries sword #IX.144. This late 15th-century English infantry hanger, or falchion is part of the Royal Armouries Collection by Windlass. The original sword has resided in the Royal Armouries collection since before 1916 and its exact origin before that is unknown. These types of short swords were popular sidearms for billmen and archers during the Wars of the Roses and into the early Tudor period. Thousands of swords similar to this would have seen action in battles like Towton, Barnet, Tewkesbury, and Bosworth.

This example features a single-edge blade, with subtle transitions of cross-section and clever hollow grinding, and a fuller to make it lighter. It has a graceful hollow ground front edge and a slender but strong point with a thick spine able to deal with the rigors of fighting armoured opponents in jacks, mail, and plate.

This replica is crafted with a hand-forged blade by a skilled blacksmith using modern 1080 high-carbon steel that is fully tempered and is distally tapered for proper weight distribution. The sheath is made with a wood body and covered with leather. The tip is reinforced with a brass chape. At the throat, the leather extends upward and covers part of the guard at the ricasso. Includes a certificate of authenticity on heavy stock, a tin of Windlass Classic Wax, and a polishing cloth. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts, the original can be seen in the Royal Armories Collection, Object Number IX.144.

  • Overall Length: 32"
  • Blade Length: 27-1/4"
  • Guard: 6-1/16" wide overall
  • Blade Width at Ricasso: 1-1/2"
  • Blade is distally tapered: 1/4" thick at guard, 1/16" at tip
  • Weight: 1 lb / 15 oz
  • Material: 1080 High Carbon Steel
  • Edge: Single edge, Single bevel

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Pleased to own an accurate museum replica 15th Century sword
This sword, Royal Armories I.x144 arrived well packed, I must say the inner box is lovely.  The blade is very nice and the sword rings when removed from the wooden scabbard or struck with a knuckle.  The grip and leather are well done.  The knuckle-bow is not inline with the blade  (slightly bent) however a reviewer from BC Canada mentioned that the original’s is also bent so I am fine with that.  The peen is not well done and has a very sharp lifted edge.  The guard, quillon, & pummel-cap have very sharp edges - in places cutting sharp.  The scabbard is well done but the rain flap modification to accommodate the “nail” stud/guard seems an afterthought and causes the rain guard to bulge awkwardly to one side.  My sword weighs 702 grams (verified on 3 different scales, I am fine with that lighter weight. Did I mention how lovely the blade is-good show Windlass on the blade.  The blade arrived unsharpened, the point is very very sharp, what a lovely blade.  Overall, fit quality needs to improve to get an A+ from me.  However at this price point I give it an A-  I am very happy owning this piece of history and really, it is, most likely,  a better sword than was the original at Royal Armories.

Bert Regards,
Bob
Tampa, FL
- Robert, November 21, 2022 | Verified Purchase
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Beautiful and fun
Love this sword. I originally got the Royal Armouries backsword. It too was lovely, but I was looking for something a bit more nimble and fun. I wanted something handy to swing around with grace and ease- and cut light targets with. This IS it! The exchange process was flawless! Thanks MRL.
The bade is the highlight. So well formed. Love the hollow grind the needle-sharp point. The edge geometry is the best I've seen. This will not need much to bring it to slicing capacity.

I love how compact the grip is. It feels like a proper sword in the hand (comparing it to antique sabers and higher endish swords).

Fit is VERY good. It rings with only the slightest provocation. Guard is fit tightly, so far no hint of rattle. Scabbard is quite nice. Much improved from typical windlass. Nice smell and texture. Fits very snug, no hint of rattle. Draws with ease. Bronze chape is a BIT bulky for my tast but nicely done.

Finish: blade superb! Better than expected. Can tell its handmade (which I love, not a fan of machined 'perfect' lines, doesn't look right for historical objects IMO). Some small tool marks around peen and lug, again I like these small imperfections, feels organic/authentic.

Only complaint is pummel, lug and guard edges were way too sharp. The butt of the pommel could have cut skin. For the price this bugged me... I took a file, light sand paper and 30 minutes to CAREFULLY soften edges. Now it feels like a satin pillow in my hand. Visually, no one would not be able to see the difference after my touch-up...

All in all, YES! This is easily the favorite in my collection.
- Alex, October 29, 2022
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