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Coustille Short Sword


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The coustille dagger dates back to the beginning of the 14th century. It was especially popular with French foot soldiers and some units even called themselves "coustilliers" (see Oakeshott, "The Archaeology of Weapons," p. 253). Especially in places where only aristocrats were allowed to carry swords, coustilles were widespread. A coustille is large enough to compete with a sword, but small enough to be concealed easily.

Whether you call it a short sword or long dagger, the double-edged, acutely pointed blade is suitable for both thrusting and cutting techniques. Our coustille has a fuller that makes it surprisingly lightweight. The wheel pommel gives this coustille good balance and prevents your hand from slipping off the slightly convex, leather-wrapped grip. Our coustille comes with a leather scabbard.

Total length: 57 cm
Blade length: 42 cm
Grip length: 9.5 cm
Weight: 0.7 kg
Blade thickness (base): 4 mm
Blade width (base): 5.2 cm
Point of Balance (PoB): 2 cm
Blade: High Carbon Steel
Edge: Blunt
Pommel: Peened
ScabbardLeather, Wood, Steel

All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

This product is suitable for: (Read More)
Living History
Test Cutting
SKU: 120266

Availability: In stock

Excl. Tax: £82.87 Incl. Tax: £99.44

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Product Description


The Coustille was developed in an effort to create an all-in-one weapon. It served as both a long dagger and a short sword, making it popular with knights as well as the rank and file. Convenient to carry like a dagger but with the cutting power of a short sword, it was long enough to use for defense but still could be thrust under a belt to ride easily with. The well-tempered blade is light and very fast with the cutting power of a short sword. It could pass as a dagger in towns where only nobles could openly carry a sword, making it a favorite for the ne’er do well. Steel pommel and guard with a wood grip covered in leather. Includes scabbard. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®.

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Additional Information

Additional Information

Brand Windlass
Product Use Living History, Test Cutting
Edge Blunt - Sharpenable

Total length: 57cm
Blade length: 42cm
Grip length:  9.5cm
Weight: 0.700 kg
Blade thickness (base):  4.0mm
Blade thickness (CoP):
Blade width (base): 5.3 cm
Blade width (CoP):
Point of Balance (PoB):  2cm
Center of Percussion (CoP):

*All sizes & weights are approximate.



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