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Hollow blades ante litteram

Postby Carletto » 21 Apr 2014 20:48

After handling a sidesword longer than 1 meter and lighter than 2 pounds, I thought it was a unique sample, because it's lightness was due to the section of the blade: hollow. Yes, no jokes, it had a criciform blade like a smallsword, just broader edgewise and less developed flatwise (more like a pipemiddle blade, than a true cross).
Recently I saw another in an auction, this one, though, was from Germany.
Both were meant to be edged, I cannot comment on the second one's weight.
I wonder if:
1) this hollow blade design was reasonably common in the '500 or late '500? Honestly, all repros I've seen have different blade sections, that make them heavier, and are rather fullered in the middle of the blade than ribbed.
2) Can a sword like this still be classed as a cutting sword? I mean, the middle of the blade becoming suddenly thick will make your sword light and stiff, but I suppose it does create a lot of friction as you cut.
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Re: Hollow blades ante litteram

Postby Carletto » 23 Apr 2014 21:51

maybe I have been more confusing than usual. These sidesword I saw had blades ribbed on both sides, so not really like an hollow blade concave on one side, a sort of cross in section.
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Re: Hollow blades ante litteram

Postby Jonathan » 23 Apr 2014 22:52

Anything like these?
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Re: Hollow blades ante litteram

Postby Carletto » 24 Apr 2014 22:24

yes, like fig. 26, but longer edge to edge and shorter flat to flat
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