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17th Century Small Sword

Our Functional Small Sword can be used for collecting, fencing or stage combat. This new custom small sword has a 33.46'' long tempered spring steel blade. This small sword comes with a standard blunted blade and rounded tip. Rockwell hardness of approximately 47.

The advantage of the sword point over the edge became increasingly evident by the end of the 16th century. The Rapier, with its long, elegantly thin profile which emphasized its point, became the popular choice in civilian self-defense. It was however a somewhat unwieldy weapon especially when it was used in narrow, crowded streets and alleyways. Eventually a more sophisticated, shorter and lighter version emerged that by the end of the 17th century had evolved into an entirely new weapon, the Small Sword. Civilians carried it for as long as swords remained an integral part of fashionable dress. Its primary advantage was its stiff, lightweight blade which was forged in a triangular cross section. It was a highly lethal weapon, ideal for thrusting, and hung conveniently from a sash, baldric, or belt. The hilt (compared to the Rapier’s) was simple and smartly functional, consisting of no more than an elliptical plate, or two shells and a light knuckle guard.

The 17th cen. Small Sword duplicates the original models in weight, balance, and speed, but uses modern materials like high carbon steel, heat treated to a tough spring temper. The hilt features two shells (2mm thick) with functional finger loops and a light, but strong, knuckle guard. Perfectly balanced and weighing in at only 39.5 ounces.

Small Sword options include:
Blade Sharpened to a factory edge - Handle choices of colored leather or wire wrapped.

* High-carbon Spring steel blade
* Authentic historical design
* Flat Fullered Blade

Overall length: approx. 42.12''
Blade length: approx. 33.46''
Guard length: approx. 6.29''
P.O.B.: approx .98''
Blade: Tempered Spring Steel (HRC 47)
Weight: 39.5 oz

Imported - Usually ships in 7 - 11 weeks
SKU#: 25-13494
MSRP: $349.00

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  • Threaded Wire
  • Blunted Stage Use (appx 3mm)
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