New Sword!

Posted 2009.07.25 18.57 in Spiritual, Swords

I recently received a new sword to add to my collection! This one was a custom project that I designed – well I designed / specced the hilt arrangement, the guard and grip, and pommel decoration.

My Type XIII Hilt DesignThe piece was based around a medieval sword of the Oakeshott Type XIII design. (The true XIII, not a variant.) Of all the various sword makers that I know of, there’s only one who has any Type XIII blades in his catalogue and that is Angus Trim. His new Makers Mark line includes a pair of Type XIIIs, and while they both look great, the one with the tripple fullered blade was the one I liked best. I own a number of ATrim swords already and I’m very pleased with his work. Angus sells his swords through Christian Fletcher, and Christian not only handles the retail sales but also does a fine job of customization, fitting, custom scabards, belts, the works. He’s a true craftsman.

Type_XIII_Blade

So once I had my design and a blade chosen, I contacted Christian Fletcher and commissioned him to to the job. The grip would be a custom piece based on other grips he’s done, the guard would be completely custom based on my own original design, and the pommel would be fairly standard but with my designs etched into it. There would be a fairly basic scabard and a baldric (sort of a belt, worn over one shoulder.)

Anyhow, the arrangements were all done some while back, but the last few months have been quite exciting as Christian has been sending me regular updates and photos. And finally, last week, the finished sword arrived and I couldn’t be happier! Thanks Christian!

Type XIII Beauty ShotSo – if you’re looking for a custom sword project — with quality craftsmanship and without totally breaking the bank — have a look at Christian’s site, and Angus Trim’s swords. They’re a great combination.

Oh – and my custom sword design – it was designed with the thought of being a Coven Sword owned by some medieval noble man or woman, something that would be beautiful, mysterious, deadly, a cherished heirloom to be passed down. I don’t know that I’ll ever use it in a Circle, but it will certainly be displayed in a place of honour in my home.

Type XIII Spatulate Tip -it's not really meant for thrusting. Cutting is the thing!Type XIII Hilt with the pommel showing my MonType XIII Hilt reverse side etched with a Pentacle

Type XIII In Its Scabard with Baldric

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