Swept hilt sword with fretted ring...
Swept hilt sword with fretted ring...
Swept hilt sword with fretted ring...
Swept hilt sword with fretted ring...

Swept hilt sword with fretted ring ES720. Handmade by the last swordsman master in Toledo. Unique piece.

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SWEPT HILT SWORD WITH FRETTED RING. 16th Century. Handcrafted in carbon steel with an antiqued finish, made by master swordsmith of Toledo, .

The swept hilt is composed of long, relatively thin, quillons, which form the cross guard. It has an arched knuckle guard that protects the hand, one or two rings perpendicular to the blade plane, and a series of branches that connect all these elements at the front or outer area and at the back or inner area of the hilt. Since not all of these elements would necessarily have been present on every sword, certain scholars classify these hilts as quarter hilt, half hilt, three-quarter hilt or full hilt, depending on the number of elements present. This hilt was popular from approximately 1550 to 1620, and can be traced back to the hilts with straight side arms from the late 15th century. It was extremely effective in blocking cuts but sometimes the point of the rival's sword could slip between the loops in the guard and injure the wielder’s hand. Therefore, relatively thick gloves were used when fighting with this type of sword.


BLADE. 90 cm long blade, 1.5 cm wide at the ricasso and 0.5 cm at the point. Very light-weight, thin, easy to use blade. Completely forged and tempered by hand in carbon steel by the master . Antiqued finish.

The master’s touchmark, “AA”, appears on the ricasso. A fuller runs to the forte, below which the blade is divided into four bevels, two on each side, down to the point.

SWEPT HILT CROSS GUARD. It has a curved quillon. Knuckle guard reaching up to the pommel. The quillon block attaching the two parts is grooved. Branches reach out from the knuckle guard toward the back. There is one larger loop guard on the front and a smaller one with a fretted circle design inside it.

GRIP. The round wood grip is threaded onto the blade tang and wrapped in double wire wrapping, with braided steel wire alternating with two strands of simple steel wire. Four ribs have been embedded into the grip and are held by two smooth iron ferrules at either end of the grip.

POMMEL. The trapezoidal solid iron pommel has seven sides. It is topped with a ball and threaded onto the blade tang to make the sword stronger and sturdier.

SCABBARD. Brown leather scabbard made by hand especially for this sword. It contains three iron pieces: at the top is a smooth “brocal”, or locket, with a round button to attach the scabbard to a belt. There is one smooth “cantonera” fitting in the upper third of the scabbard, and it is finished with an iron “batiente”, or chape, to cover the point.

Sword handmade by the last swordsman master in Toledo. Unique piece.

Product Details

Blade size
90 cm
Total size
112 cm
1.338 gr
Total size with cover
113 cm
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