The Hanwei single-hand Marshall Sword sets new standards of quality and authenticity in broadsword construction.
The sword is based on an original, now in a British museum, used by one of England's finest knights, Sir William Marshall, who served the crown faithfully under Henry II, Richard the Lionheart and Jack Lackland.
The single-hand Marshall Sword is available with either a forged high-carbon steel blade (code HN-SH2000) or a forged - folded Swedish powder steel blade (= Damascus blade, code HN-SH2001).
Both blades are identical in handling characteristics and both are tempered to a tough HRC 52. The blade section features a central ridged fuller and full-length distal taper - a tough test for the bladesmith but resulting in a superb combination of speed and strength.
The grip is leather-wrapped and laced and the guard and pommel are elegant in their functional simplicity.
The scabbard is leather-covered with steel mounts.
Truly a sword for the connoisseur.
- Authentic replica of a museum piece.
- Excellent balance.
- Fully functional.
- Blade forged out of folded Damascus steel.
The terms Damascus steel or damascene designate a compound steel forged out of two or more different types of steel.
It is named after its birthplace, the Syrian city of Damascus, a former stronghold of the patterned steel production.
As a common practice, a harder high carbon steel and a milder low carbon steel are repeatedly forge welded and folded together.
The high carbon steel ensures a higher hardness, a better temperability and longer lasting edge retention, whereas the milder steel confers greater blade flexibility and tensile strength.
This procedure, which arose in a time where steel qualities were often low and inconsistent, enables to combine the positive attributes of the various steel grades.
Besides, the different shadings generated by the varying carbon content of the alternating layers engender strikingly beautiful patterns, such as the twisted motif called Torsion Damascus pattern or the Rose Damascus pattern.
Undoubtedly, these unusual patterns partly explain why inherent magical properties were attributed to the Damascus steel blades of the Middle Ages.
Such a damascene sword blade is for example depicted as a bloody worm or a poisonous snake in the Edda.
- Overall: approx. 101.6 cm.
- Blade Length: approx. 84.5 cm.
- Handle Length: approx. 17.15 cm.
- Weight: approx. 926 g.
- Point of Balance: approx. 20.3 cm.
- Point of Harmonics: approx. 58.4 cm.
- Width at Guard: approx. 46.5 mm.
- Width at Tip: approx. 23.1 mm.
- Thickness at Guard: approx. 5.6 mm.
- Thickness at Tip: approx. 0.46 mm.
Specs can vary slightly from piece to piece.
This sword is also available with a forged high-carbon steel blade (HN-SH2000).
Shipping time: 7 to 14 Days.