Anatomy of a medieval sword
A sword consists of several parts. The most important part of a sword is the blade. This is the part of a sword that is used to cut or stab. The blade must be very flexible so that it will not break during use. The sharpness of the sword is maintained by the hardness of the sides and the point of the sword is intended for stabbing. Part of this sheet is the Fuller. The trench that usually runs in the middle of a sword is nicknamed the fuller. This trench is mainly there for the strength of the sword due to the weight saving that arises from it. Under the blade is the guard, this is the separation between blade and handle. The cross-guard is there to protect the hands, which can therefore not slide through to the sharp blade. A blow from the opponent can also be repelled and returned with the cross-guard.
Below the cross-guard is the handle of the sword, original medieval swords often had short handles because thick gloves were not taken into account at the time. The handle is usually made up of a thin part of the blade that extends downwards, surrounded by wood that is wrapped in leather.
The last part of the sword is the pommel. This is like a cap on the back of the sword. The pommel can be used for several things. It mainly provides balance against the heavy blade of the sword, but can also be used as an extension of the handle to increase reach. The pommel is also often designed with a decorative eye.
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