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Names of different parts of Medieval Swords
The names of the different Medieval sword parts are as follows together with facts and information about their history:

  • The Blade - The blades of Medieval swords which were used in England were usually straight with two sharpened edges. The history of Blades shows that they were first made of Bronze, then iron and culminating in the steel Medieval swords

  • The Crossguard or Quillion - This was the handle of the sword resembling the shape of the Christian cross. Expensive to produce and sometimes covered in precious metals - bronze, silver or gold
  • The Edge - The cutting part of the blade. Medieval swords were designed to be used for blows directly against the opponent's body or shield and in the edge to edge style of sword fighting
  • Back Edge - Unsharpened edge on a single-edged sword
  • Point - The tip of the sword's blade
  • The Forte - The strongest part of the swords blade, nearest the hilt
  • The Fuller - The central shallow on a straight double edged blade - also referred to as the 'Blood Gutter'!
  • The Grip - The hilt of swords held in the hand of the Knight. The Grip was often made of horn or wood, covered in leather and contoured to fit in the hand
  • The Hilt - The Hilt is the handle of the sword made up of the cross guard, grip and the pommel. The personal engravings on the hilt, and its expense, would often ensure that when a blade was disguarded the hilt would be re-used
  • Finger Guard/Finger Ring - Enabling a knight to loop their finger over the guard increasing point control
  • The Pommel -The pommel was part of the hilt which acted as a counterweight to the blade on Medieval swords
  • The Tang - The tang was the unsharpened end of the sword blade covered by the hilt
  • Ricasso - Referred to any narrowing, or thickening, of a sword's blade, which remains unsharpened, at the base of the blade
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