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The arming sword, also called a knight’s or knightly sword, is a single-handed sword from the Middle Ages. These swords have a small fuller, standard sized hilt and narrow blade. The arming sword was in use as a weapon from about the 10th century to about the 16th century.
The sword was worn by a medieval knight even when not in armor and was typically used with a shield or buckler. The medieval arming sword was worn as both a symbol of the knight’s rank and for defense, especially during the high medieval period.
The one handed arming sword led to the rise of the long sword and eventually evolved into the cut and thrust swords of the Renaissance era.
These swords were designed more for cutting and thrust fighting, thereby possessing a wider and much heavier blade. Modern scholars have also classified them as broadswords. Our arming swords can be used for display or for battle re-enactments, and each reproduction is created to the specifications of the original.
Most of our blades are hand-forged and made with high carbon steel and other variants. The grip and wood scabbard of each sword are finely crafted and fitted for every blade. Check out each product for their respective detailed summaries for more information.
The dimensions and weight are accurate on every blade, so you get a medieval weapon that is actually balanced and fun to hold instead of just pretty to look at. Medieval times were sometimes brutal, sometimes romantic, but always a source of intrigue.
We invite you to share in the experience of an era gone by with our collection of arming swords. Here at Medieval Collectibles, all our arming swords are expertly hand-crafted and authentic replicas! We have stocks of both functional and decorative arming swords to display in the office, home, or for use in medieval reenactments, LARP, and even cosplay.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is an arming sword
The average length of an arming sword in medieval times is typically 31 to 35 inches with the blade length being approximately 29 inches long. The blade type is usually double-edged and straight bladed and the hilt type is one-handed cruciform and with pommel.
When was the arming sword invented?
Arming swords, like any objects continuously used throughout history, were gradually developed from its early predecessors. It is estimated that the arming swords were developed and used through the early to late medieval period (10th to 15 century) and were heavily associated with knights during those eras.