Object Title

Falchion

Some types of sword were designed to be used in a particular way. The single-edged, cleaver-like, blade of the falchion was designed for cutting.

Development

The falchion was a type of sword in use by the 13th century, if not before. Some falchions by the mid-15th century had developed a knuckle-guard to help protect the hand during combat, although others retained the simpler cross-guard.

Use and Effect

The blade of the falchion was particularly intended for hacking. During the 15th century it was commonly used as an infantry sidearm though it was also used by cavalry as well. One example, part of the group of some 80 swords found in the River Dordogne, is associated with the battle of Castillon (1453) the last of the Hundred Years’ War.

Author

Bob Woosnam-Savage