blade Sword

Glossary of Sword Terms

Pommel: The butt end of a sword that acts to secure the hilt parts as well as provide a counter balance to the blade for better maneuverability.

Grip: The area between the pommel and crossguard that is grasped by the hand.

Crossguard: The metal cross piece that separates the hand from the blade.  It’s primary function is to protect the hand from harm from other blades and hard blows.

Quillon: The long extension of the crossguard.

What the complete hand assembly is called including the pommel, grip and crossguard.

The shoulder of the blade where it meets the hilt.  Depending on model this can be flat or ground to the shape of the blade.

A groove running down the blade that strengthens and lightens a blade.

The extended steel portion used for cutting.

The tip of the blade

Sometimes called a sheath, protects the blade and offers a safe way to carry the weapon.

Throat: The top of the scabbard that accepts the sword blade.

Tip: The end of the scabbard.

A general term that refers to all accents adorning a scabbard.