ROLDAN (ROLAND) DURANDAL SWORD Gold Edition 564 Marto A mythical Durandal sword was given to King Charlemagne, King of the Franks, by an angel and was then given to his most fierce paladin, Roland. There are countless ideas of what this blade would have looked like. The Mighty Golden Hilted Marto 564 Roldan Sword is certainly a fine contender to represent this mythical sword and legend.
The custom-crafted hilt of this magnificent piece displays Marto's masterwork of visionary design and appeal. The hand guard makes as much use of its empty design space as it does its solid mass and support architecture. Centered below the grip, a multi-colored Heraldic Shield Crest joins two finely sculpted Lion Head quillions with large cut-outs to form a handsome and powerful golden crescent shaped hand guard. The cut-out design motif continues through the grip and pommel which carries a silver round medallion portraiture on both sides.
The 46" sword features a double edge blade constructed of 440 Toledo Steel which has been fully tempered for strength and flexibility. The low maintenance safe-edged stainless steel blade is brought to a lustrous mirror polish, and features a sharply decorated etch in gold tone. The etching reveals Heraldic Shields of Imperial double-headed Eagle, Rampant Lion, and Fleur-De-Lys surrounded in medieval design and scrollwork.
Each Roldan 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 Roldan Durandal Sword is an exquisite addition to any sword enthusiast’s collection. Read more on Decorative Series Swords
• Overall Length: 46" • Blade Length: 37-3/4" • Blade Width at Guard: 2" • Guard Width: 8-1/4" • Blade Edge: Dual Edge Unsharpened • Blade Material: 440C Stainless Steel • Blade: Tempered, w/gold etch • Point of Balance: 7" below guard • Grip: Gold plated Zamak • Hilt Length: 10-1/4" • Pommel: 3" dia. w/green Jewel • Sword Weight: 5 lbs 12.8 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.
Durandal Sword Of Roland Durandal was a legendary sword wielded by Roland, a heroic knight serving under King Charlemagne in the 8th century. Nearly as majestic as the fabled Excalibur, its blade shone white and stainless, and within its golden hilt were concealed four sacred relics: a tooth from Saint Peter, the blood of Saint Basil, strands of hair from Saint Denis, and a piece of the robe worn by Saint Mary. Said to be the sharpest sword in all existence, it was "Allegedly" capable of cutting through giant boulders of stone with a single strike.
Roland uses the sword to hold off one-hundred-thousand-strong Saracen army troops long enough for Charlemagne's army to retreat into France. Roland slayed a vast number of enemies wielding Durandal at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass, he even succeeded in slicing off the hand of Saracen king Marsile and decapitated the king's son, Jursaleu. Roland later attempted to destroy the sword in battle, to prevent it from being captured by the attacking Saracens, and created Roland's Breach in the Pyrenees in the process. But Durandal proved indestructible. After being mortally wounded, Roland hid it beneath his body as he lay dying along with the oliphant, the horn used to alert Charlemagne before succumbing to his injury.