The knightly sword
The sword of a knight around 1302 was rather short, barely a meter long. The blade had a double edge and was slightly tapered,
broader near the hilt than on the top. A central fuller ran for about three-quarters of the length of the blade, contributing to the overall stiffness of the weapon.
The cross-guard was straight or slightly curved towards the blade. The hilt allowed the sword to be wielded with one single hand. On top of this hilt a pommel
was mounted, mostly circular in form around 1302. This pommel was quite heavy and had a double function: acting as counter-weight for the blade, and to be
used as a club if there was no room to use the sword as intended in battle.
A typical sword for the period around the year 1302.
The sword was not the knight's most important weapon in battle. They attacked with couched lance on horseback. Only when
the lance was lost in battle or became too difficult to use, a knight would draw his sword to fight on.