Sword of Homildon Hill


This historical sword features a blade that is made of well-tempered 1065 high carbon steel. Features black cord-wrapped wooden grip and detailed parts with dark bronze finish. Leather-wrapped scabbard included. Overall length of 43-1/2 inches.


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During the English-Scottish Wars, the King of England was preoccupied with the Hundred Years’ War in France.  The border defense thereby fell largely to the Percy Family of Northumberland. During a border raid, the Scottish leader, Archibald IV, Earl of Douglas, was captured at a battle on Homildon Hill by the Percys, led by the younger Sir Henry "Hotspur" Percy. Henry IV demanded the prisoner so he could collect the ransom himself. This demand, though obeyed, was the seed that began the long Percy Family revolt that ended years later with the Battle of Bramham Moor. Hotspur was considered the greatest knight of the realm and held honor sacred.

We have named this hand and half sword for Hotspur and that battle. The fullers are engraved in Latin with the inscription Who lives in falsehood slays his soul; whose speech is false, his honor, something Hotspur took to heart. The blade is from well-tempered high carbon steel, the wood grip is wrapped in fine black cord and the detailed parts have a dark bronze finish. Leather wrapped scabbard has matching bronze fittings. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts. Can be sharpened for an additional fee.


Attribute nameAttribute value
Overall Length43-1/2"
Blade Length34"
Blade Width1-7/8"
Blade Thickness3/16"
Grip Length6-1/4"
Material1065 High Carbon Steel


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This is my first Euro sword. The only thing I didnt like, when ordering the sword, was the red scabbard in the pictures since this is mainly for the wall in our room. I was hoping it wouldnt be too bright a red. I asked for the darkest scabbard they had and I opened the box and found a beautiful brown scabbard that fit snuggly and is perfect for our room. I didnt need it but I ordered it sharpened and WOW, I had to be very careful handling it. Everything is solid on the sword when I tapped the blade but the guard did have the end of one side bent during shipping, I took some pliers and a towel and bent it back without scratching it. Definitely want to buy more swords now.
- Jeremy, May 10, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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A fantastic hand and a half sword
The king of the hand and a half swords offered by Windlass. The broad, fullered Oakeshott type 16a blade is an excellent cutter and good with the thrust as well. The latin inscription is rather nicely done and adds a very classy touch to the blade.

The grip is a perfect size for using with either one hand or two, with the pommel having an excellent shape that contours perfectly when gripped in the hand. This makes for a highly maneuverable sword that is easy to control.

The balance of the sword is where this one truly shines. It is rather easy to twirl about in a single hand, but when gripped with two it becomes lightning fast and zips through the air with ferocious speed.

A truly fantastic sword and one that can't be beaten by other competitors in the price point. The balance complimented by the excellent pommel shape make for a hand and a half sword that truly feels great with ample grip space for two hands.

Oh, and the sheathe is pretty class looking as well. Great leather dye and nicely shaped chape.
- Ryan, April 28, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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Another Great Offering
The Sword of Homildon Hill is an exceptionally good offering from Windlass. The sword is quite elegant to look at with a very pleasing aesthetic. The decorative guard and pommel have a surprisingly nice looking antique applied to it. Usually, I am not a fan of these types of techniques, but this one is pulled of quite nicely. The peen on the pommel is a little rough looking but nothing that distracts greatly from it. Plus, the fact that the blade IS peened is certainly a plus.
The blade is very nice as well, with the engraving on it looking top notch. It does not suffer from any "whippiness" as some Windlass blades have been known to do. It handles quite nicely, in fact, with a lot of the weight being balanced towards the handle. This makes for a very responsive sword that can swing and change direction easily. It can even be wielded in one hand with moderate ease. I am not certain of its cutting capabilities, however, as I do not currently have a set up for test cutting. It does feel like it would do well, but since it does not feel very blade heavy I cannot say for certain.
The scabbard is a surprisingly good fit, something that Windlass usually struggles to get right. It also has a very nice looking antique applied to the metal which compliments the sword well.
Overall, I think this is a must buy for any Windlass fan, or anyone looking to get an above average budget sword.
- Victor, September 22, 2018
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I waited and waited for this sword and 2 months later I finally got it. And let me tell you it was worth the wait. I hated that it was back ordered and for one of my first swords to own my self I was really happy with it. Described perfectly so no surprises other than one issue. The blade was suppose to be sharpened and it was but my definition and their definition of sharp may be different. But it did have an edge, which I was thankful for because I sharpened it and it cuts beautifully. It has decent weight to it making it cleave through anything you want just about. The steel is great quality steel that is assured. It hit some concrete on accident and I thought the tip was gone. Rolled the edge on the tip and fix in seconds. I have been really impressed with this sword and look forward to buying more like this.
- Jacob, February 27, 2017 | Verified Purchase
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This is my eleventh blade purchase from Windlass Steel/Museum Replicas, and I bought it as a "Deal of the Day," sharpened, as usual.  It is a handsome and sturdy weapon.  I would give it 4.5 stars because of two minor issues, but can comfortably rate it at 5.0.  As a rule I try to avoid cord or wire wrapped sword hilts because when they come loose, and they will, it's a devil of a time rewrapping and stabilizing the grip.  The threaded (?) pommel is a bit loose and looks to be difficult to repair for fear of unstringing the cord wrap.  It might more properly be called a two handed sword, because I can easily grip it with both hands, and without using a "golfer's grip."  The sword and scabbard description says that the furniture has a dark, antique finish, and this is certainly the case.  The photo image is brightly lit and gives the impression that the blade and scabbard are of a lighter bronze and oxblood brown.  The blade handles well without any noticeable "whippiness" - wave any piece of long steel vigorously and you can set up a feedback resonance - and the engraving is excellent.  I give the Sword of Homildon Hill five stars, because it is exactly what Windlass Steels/Museum Replicas advertised, and what I expected after more than decade of purchases.
- Allen, January 01, 2017 | Verified Purchase
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I just got this sword in today and i can honestly say that I was not very impressed. I own 12 windlass swords including the roven sword  and the 15th century longsword  and this is way more whippy then either of those swords even though they are both longer, also the handle wrapping is not very nice . Would return this one if i could but i had it sharpened so i cant. Other then these complaints  the sword is alright not great but alright
- Joseph, September 14, 2016 | Verified Purchase
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Love this sword. Only complaint I have is the wrap on the handle, which I'll be redoing with leather. Overall a must have.
- Matthew, November 14, 2015
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One of Windlass's better swords.  One of my favorite.  Looks great, handles great with great balance.  Assembly is great. Highly recommended.  
- Raffaele, December 07, 2014 | Verified Purchase
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Nicely put together. Can't fault anything on the fit and finish. As usual for Windlass large blades, the blade is a bit on the thin side, and lacking in distal taper. The balance and harmonics are in the right areas, so it handles well.
- Kristian, December 11, 2013 | Verified Purchase
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This is a beautiful sword.  Well balanced with a great feel in the hand.
- Anthony, July 06, 2012 | Verified Purchase
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- Alex, April 29, 2011
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