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Cross Sections of a Sword
In order to be both strong and light for striking, powerful cuts or thrusts against either hard or soft targets, different sword blades would not just require but also different cross-sections require. A blade's cross-section widely over the term of the sword's use as a one of the important weapons. To check the cross section of the sword, you have to cut a blade in half crosswise and then look at its cut end and you will see the blade cross-sectional design. Sword_cross_section The most common and well known item used by the Roman infantry was the short sword known as the Pompeii Gladius. The Pompeii had parallel edges and a short point. The cross section on the Pompeii was a diamond shape. This consists of four flat faces that are joined to form a diamond with the blade's central ridge forming the inner juncture and the edges forming the outer. Swords of dedicated thrusting designs could be of a more acute diamond cross-section and while lacking the mass of a cutting blade would be quite ridged. The swords now became more tapering and of diamond cross section. Iron Age spearheads come in a range of styles and sizes, from small to extremely long, from lenticular cross section. Even medieval European blades tended to have a lenticular cross-section. This cross section has an apple seed type of design that lacks a strong central ridge in the middle of the blade. When coupled with a wide, shallow fuller this resulted in a blade that was both light and flexible. The blades of this period were capable of attack techniques their main focus was on the cut so flexibility was preferred over hardness. A hexagonal cross-section simply consists of a blade with six faces. Two broad faces that make up the flat of the blade and four smaller angled faces that form the edge. Military colichemarde blades are flattened hexagonal in cross-section. There are many factors to be taken while choosing a modern-made sword. Feel free to ask your queries on windlasssword.com.
1897 Pattern British Infantry Officer's Sword
Did you know the first uniform pattern sword was the British Infantry Officer’s Sword, which was usually a 32.5 inch (825 mm) blade and had been introduced in the late 1780’s. In modern day, the 1897 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword is the current ceremonial sword used by the British Army. British Infantry Officer's Sword It was the large-scale modification to the 1845 Infantry Officer Sword. Reasonably, it witnessed limited useful action in the First World War amongst a battlefield of machine guns and artillery, but the blade has made its excellent impact in the close-quarters fighting specially in the recon quest of the Sudan. In the First World War, Bernard Montgomery is known to have drawn and advanced in a counter-offensive with his 1897 Pattern Infantry sword. It still sticks around in official production for ceremony wear and drills to the present day. It is considered as one of the best British fighting swords issued till date in the history of the British army. The blade is clearly intended for thrusting and in this it richly excelled. It maintains enough thickness for a parry and is tapered, agile and capable of decent cuts and slashes. The wide guard gives excellent hand protection without encumbering the natural movement of the hand and wrist. The current 1897 British infantry sword blade is described as being 32½ inches (830 mm) long and 1 inch (25 mm) wide at the shoulder, with the complete sword weighing between 1 lbs 12oz and 1 lb 13 Oz(794-822g). The blade is straight with a deep central fuller on each side, with the blade becoming double edged towards the tip, and the last 17 inches (430 mm) were sharpened when on active service. The blade ends in a sharp spear point. At the last this sword is considered by some to be the best fighting sword ever issued to a British Officer. As such, it has never been replaced and is the current issue sword within the British Army. About Us: Windlass Sword is the UK's specialist Military sword manufacturer, Sword refurbishment provider and supplier of British ceremonial military swords. For more information, visit windlasssword.com.