BLACK PRINCE SWORD Silver Edition 599 Marto This Royal Sword of Edward of Woodstock, the "Black Prince" is created by the fine artisans of Marto in Toledo Spain. This beautiful replica features a AISI 440 stainless Toledo steel blade complete with fuller groove that is etched with the title Eduardo de Woodstock. The low maintenance safe-edged stainless steel blade is brought to a lustrous mirror polish and is fully tempered for strength and flexibility.
The blade is engraved with Name "Principe Negro" Spanish for "Black Prince" which rests just below the badge of the Prince of Wales as it was in the early 17th century; which carries the German motto "ICH DIEN" ("I serve") accompanied by three feathers which are believed to derive from the heraldic device used by Edward.
The Zamak hand and a half length grip is wire wrapped blue suede. The cast metal cross guard is beautifully sculpted with swirling medieval designs that encapsulate four sparkling blue glass sapphires on each side. In the center of the guard resides a winged dragon within a shield medallion expressed in antiqued silver relief. The matching pommel features an intricate three dimensional beast's head with watchful blue crystal sapphire eyes.
Each model 599 Black Prince sword is blade stamped with Marto Toledo Seals of authenticity and is boxed with Marto certificates of Origin and Quality. Exemplary of Marto’s world-renown quality, this Sword of Edward of Woodstock is an exquisite addition to any sword enthusiast’s collection. Read more on Decorative Series Swords
• Overall Length: 46-1/2" • Blade Length: 36" • Blade Width at Guard: 2" • Guard Width: 9-1/4" • Blade Edge: Dual Edge Unsharpened • Blade Material: 440C Stainless Steel • Blade: Tempered, w/fuller & etch • Point of Balance: 6" below guard • Grip: Blue Suede w/Silver wire wrap • Hilt: Antiqued Silver Zamak • Hilt Length: 10-3/4" • Pommel: 2-1/4" w/blue crystal jewels • Sword Weight: 4 lbs 12 oz
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.
MARTO of Toledo Spain The most popular sword maker in the world. The hilts are cast in molten metal from an original masterfully sculpted piece and are hand finished and polished. The blades are crafted from the finest 440 stainless steel and are fully tempered to 48-53 Rockwell hardness.
The Black Prince (1330-1376) The Black Prince, son of Edward III of England, is remembered in history for his great victory over the French at the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years' War. At the Battle of Crécy, which was fought 10 years prior, King Edward, desirous that his noble son should "win his spurs," gave him the command of the van, with the counsel and assistance of the Earl of Warwick and Sir John Chandos. The tradition near the spot is, that the King had ordered the Prince to wear, on that day, a black cuirass, richly ornamented; and that, from this incident, he retained the surname attributed to him in history.
The defeat of the enemy is known to have been complete; and the delighted father, embracing his son on the field of victory, eulogized his valour and pronounced him worthy of empire.