29357Re: [SCA-Archery] Archers Knives And Short Swords
- Nov 4, 2011Hey you considered the Oakeshott type XIV?
Some examples can be found at just 2lb 1oz with a blade lenght of 26"-33". Thats pretty darn light. And the time period it was used puts it just right for the introduction of the longbowman in medieval Europe.
On 11/4/2011 11:23 AM, richard johnson wrote:I agree.Most short-swords are either long knives or short broadswords and way too heavy.I see a short-sword for an archer as a last-ditch defence weapon, NOT a combat weapon. Something that is small and light and effecticve but does not get in the way.An archer isn't about to attack a mounted knight or a trained soldier in maile. He is a sniper who sees defence as running away and letting the soldiers protect him so he can do his job... taking out the enemy from a distance.So it would have a blade between 18-20" and fairly light. NOT a Gladius. Not a Celtic Leaf-blade. Possibly a Kindjal.
On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 4:54 AM, Caley <caoillainn1@...> wrote:
Truth be told, I'm been considering buying an archer's short
sword, but the ones I've found online were all too long. The
manufacturers obviously don't know what a short sword *is*.
From what I've read, they were rarely more than 24" long,
since anything longer would interfere with their ability to shoot
their arrows. Having tried to do archery while wearing a long
sword, I must agree with this. Please contact me off list,
although I'm going to an event straight from work this evening
and won't get back til around noon on Sunday.
> To Whom It May Concern,
> I have buckets of unhilted blades in my shop from the days when I
> made knives and swords for a living. Lately I have been finishing
> batches of these. My plan is to upload photos of them to my crossbow
> parts site for sale to re-enactors. To date I have made mostly
> rondel daggers and seax of various sizes. What other knife types
> would be good? Baselards, hauswehr, ballock daggers? What about
> short swords?
> Jim Koch "Gladius The Alchemist"
"Those who give up a little freedom in return for a little imagined security will soon find that they have neither."
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