English 15th Century Falchion, licensed by the Royal Armouries

A late 15th century English infantry hanger, or falchion. The original has resided in the Royal Armouries Collection since before 1916 and its exact origin before that is unknown, but it is part of an English group of similar swords. This family of swords, sometimes known as ‘Wakefield’ hangers, often feature beaked pommels and S-shaped hand guards. Some have an additional side bar or lug on the guard, as seen in this example. (Note: the lug on the original had been damaged and is bent upward, meaning it actually pokes into the hand. The lug is properly curved downward on our reproduction.) These short swords were popular sidearms for billmen and archers during the Wars of the Roses and into the early Tudor period. Thousands of swords like this would have seen action in battles like TowtonBarnetTewkesbury and Bosworth. This example features a deceptively complex and challenging single edge blade, with subtle transitions of cross-section and clever hollow grinding and a fuller to make it lighter. It has a graceful hollow ground front edge and a slender but strong point, with a thick spine able to deal with the rigors of fighting armoured opponents in jacks, mail and plate. The hilt provides a good level of hand protection for the time, for soldiers who were not generally wearing gauntlets. A quick and easily maneuverable sword, designed to be efficient at cutting and slashing.  More information...

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Item number: 13304

English 15th Century Falchion, licensed by the Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries Sword #IX.144.

This replica is crafted with a better blade than the original; the blade is hand forged by a skilled blacksmith exactly in the same manner as the original, but with superior modern 1080 high carbon steel that is fully tempered and is distally tapered for proper weight distribution.

The sheath is made to replicate one of the period, with a wood body and covered with leather. The tip is reinforced with a brass chape. At the throat, the leather extends upward and covers part of the guard at the ricasso.

Includes a certificate of authenticity on heavy stock.

Windlass Classic Wax and polishing cloth are included.


  • Overall length: 81cm
  • Blade length: 69cm, single edge
  • Guard: 15cm wide overall
  • Blade width at ricasso: 3,8cm
  • Blade is distally tapered: 6,3mm thick at guard, 1,5mm at tip
  • The blade is semi-sharp. The striking edge approx. 1mm thick
  • Weight: 880 g

A top-quality replica made by Windlass Steelcrafts®

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