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Definition of the Falchion Sword
Definition of a Falchion -
A Falchion sword was favoured by some Medieval Knights and common crusaders who had been on Crusade. This sword was similar to a heavy scimitar. The Falchion had a short, heavy blade with a single edge. The Falchion sword was produced by Blacksmiths on a massive scale. The Falchion was developed from the sharp farming tools used by peasants.

The falchion was a low quality sword and usually deemed unworthy of a knight who owned more expensive swords.

Description of the Falchion
The weapons used the Medieval times include the Falchion sword. The description of the Falchion which provides basic facts and information about the weapon is as follows:

  • The Falchion - The Falchion was a mass produced Medieval sword
  • They were generally made from iron with steel edges
  • The Falchion sword had a single edged blade which had a a slight curve on the blade
  • The length of the Falchion ranged from 37 - 40 inches
  • The Falchion sword weighed between 1 - 2 pounds
  • It was used as close contact weapon
  • The weapon was primarily used for cutting or slicing an opponent and was capable of cutting off the limbs or head of an enemy in one stroke
  • Type or group of weapons - Cutting Weapon

Falchion Training
Skill in the use of Medieval weapons and understanding the strategy of Medieval Warfare was necessary and a played a vital part in Medieval life. The Falchion training required by a Knight was extremely time consuming - it was necessary for them to become expert swordsmen. Skill in using Medieval weapons, including Falchion training was necessary for every Medieval Knight. A Knight was trained first as a Page from the age of 7 to 14 and then as Squire from the age of 14 to 21. Special places were assigned for Falchion sword training called the Pell. Pell training allowed knights to practise various vicious strokes and manoeuvres during their Falchion training such as thrusting, cutting, and slicing without imposing an injury on his opponent.

The Pell

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