This version of the 18th Century Court Sword replicates original swords in weight and balance. This sword has an unusual triangular blade with sharp point. Made from high carbon steel blade, the hilt features two brass shells with finger loops and knuckle guard. Lightweight and balanced weighing only 1 pound .2 ounces, the Small Sword includes a great looking leather scabbard that features a brass throat and chape.
The 18th Century Court Sword is a light one-handed sword designed for thrusting which changed from the longer and heavier rapier of the late Renaissance. The height of the small sword's popularity was between mid 17th and late 18th century. It is thought to have first appeared in France and travelled quickly across the rest of Europe.
The small sword could be a highly effective dueling weapon, and some systems for the use of the bayonet were developed using the method of the smallsword as their foundation.
The small sword was the immediate predecessor of the French foil and its method of use which was developed into the techniques of the French classical school of fencing. Small swords were also used as status symbols and fashion accessories; for most of the 18th century anyone, civilian or military, with pretensions to gentlemanly status would have worn a small sword on a daily basis.
Overall Length: 37 3/4"
Blade Length: 31 3/4"
Hand Grip: 3 1/2"
Blade Width: 3/4"
Weight: 1lb .2oz
W/Scabbard 1lb 10.5oz
Hand made - specs will vary from piece to piece.