Unknown Smith

Oakeshott Type XIV Sword

Overall Length: 36 inches
Blade Length: 28.5 inches
Point of Balance: 2.5 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 17 inches from cross
Weight: 3.9 lbs
Pommel type: Oakeshott Type J
Cross type: Oakeshott Type 4
Blade type: Oakeshott Type XIV
Blade width at cross: 3 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 0.75 inches
Handle Length: 7.5 inches

Performance Review: If one were to review the statistics above one thing that should really be noticeable to the experienced sword enthusiast is that despite this sword's average or even slightly below average length it is surprisingly heavy weighing in at nearly 4 pounds. Many swords with similar length dimensions weigh as much as a pound less. I believe this is a result of the massive pommel that the sword has, a belief that is born out by the point of balance which has been pulled back towards the cross. The point of balance sits at a mere 2.5 inches from the cross. Often this trick makes a heavier sword handle better, but this sword is also on the short side so the shortened balance point does not really help the handling. This sword is heavy and feels heavy. I have no doubt that it would hit a target like a ton of bricks but it feels like swinging a ton of bricks as well.

Appearance: This sword was purchased in the town of Bergen, Norway. At present the smith who made it is unknown. The purchaser was told that a local produced the sword but research has indicated that the sword may be an import from either England or the Czech republic. In any event, the maker knew how to make a beautiful sword. The triple fullers on both sides of the blade are cleanly executed and symmetric. The pommel and cross are well formed and tightly fitted. Even the grip is well done with neat stitching and a nice seam. The blade itself is nicely finished with no noticeable imperfections other then some light pitting which occurred post construction. It's a very pretty sword.

Conclusion: This sword is a thing of beauty. It has been cleanly built and is solidly contructed. Unfortunately it is fairly dramatically overweight and does not handle all that well. If one finds oneself in Bergen and happens across a similar piece I can only recommend it if the prospective purchaser is looking for a mildly useable sword that they mostly want to hang upon their wall.