A takouba with a 14th century European blade.
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Detail of the decorated edge of the forte plates holding in place the blade.
The blade has been restored and the corrosion stabilized professionally. When I first acquired it the condition was fairly poor.
The tip is well worn, originally the edges would have remained parallel and then a triangular tip with little to no taper.
The sword posed with another very old takouba at the bottom of the image with the more rounded pommel. This second sword has a 16t…
Another comparison of the pommels and hilts. The hilt construction is quite similar.
A final view showing the pommel ends, the second sword on the right features an unusual pommel "nub".