Posted by Jason M. on 3/22/2022 to Learn About Swords
While there are not as many parts to a Medieval sword to learn as there are for Samurai swords, it is important to learn the terminology and definitions if you are an enthusiast or collector. Above, we took a picture of a typical Medieval sword and labeled all of the most common terminology you will run into when speaking of European sword types. Learning the parts to swords that you are interested in will help you better converse with other sword collectors. We have also added the definitions below to each part in case reading is more your style.
Pommel - Steel Piece at the end of the handle. Helps balance the sword and give a sturdier grip.
Grip - Handle of a sword usually wrapped in leather
Guard - A piece of steel on top of the handle used to block swords from hitting the hands.
Hilt - Term used for Pommel, Grip and Guard together
Blade - Cutting Part of the sword
Strong - Part of the blade closer to the hilt
Weak - Part of the blade closer to the tip
Tip - Pointed end of the sword blade
Scabbard - Sheath usually made of wood
Locket - Fitting of metal attached at the top of a scabbard
Chape - Fitting of metal at the bottom of a scabbard
I hope our Parts of the Medieval Sword helps you in your journey to collecting and learning about swords. If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the section below. For more sword learning or to see what we offer, be sure to check out our Sword Glossary and our Medieval Swords for Sale.