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Early Renaissance Sidesword a Cut and Thrust Sword - Bruce Brookhart Line by Kingdom of Arms.
The spada da lato or Sidesword is a modern term widely used by historians and museum curators. This type of sword can be thought of as a transitional phase between earlier medieval one-handed cut and thrust swords and later rapiers. Side swords generally appear prior to rapiers but did not disappear with the advent of the rapier but where popular in a military context. Oakeshott tells us they appeared about 1470, and this cut and trust type represented here is from about 1490/1520 with the round pommel instead of a wheel pommel. With the pommel behind the wrist and the index finger over the guard inside the front arm of the hilt the balance is shifted slightly forward and brings the point into balance for precise thrust. The sword includes a wood lined leather covered scabbard. The blade is extremely sharp and is from very durable 5160 carbon steel.
Overall Length: 38 ½”
Blade: 3/16’’x1 ½” x 32 ½”
Point of Balance: 3 ½” below cross.
Weight: 2.0 lbs 4.6 oz
The Sidesword matches with the Parrying Dagger for two handed sword play.
Video of Bruce Brookhart test cutting with the Cut and Thrust Sidesword.