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Knights Templar Sword

$279.00

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  • Model: IW0101004

Description

Knights Templar or the Order of the Temple (French: Ordre du Temple or Templiers) . were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders. The organization existed for approximately two centuries in the Middle Ages. It was founded in the aftermath of the First Crusade of 1096 . to ensure the safety of the many Europeans who made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem after its conquest.

Officially endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church in 1129 . the Order became a favored charity across Europe and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights in their distinctive white mantles with red cross were among the best fighting units of the Crusades. Non-combatant members of the Order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom . inventing or adapting many financial techniques that were an early form of banking . and building many fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land.

The Templars' success was tied closely to the Crusades; when the Crusaders suffered defeat and lost the Holy Land . support for the Order faded. Rumors about the Templars' secret initiation ceremony created mistrust . and King Philip IV of France . deeply in debt to the Order . began pressuring Pope Clement V to take action. In 1307 . King Philip had many of the Order's members in France arrested . tortured into giving false confessions . and burned at the stake. In 1312 . Pope Clement V . under continuing pressure from King Philip . disbanded the Order. The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends . which have kept the "Templar" name alive until the present.

Specifications:

Blade length: 31 7/8"
Blade width: 2"
Overall: 38 7/8"
Grip: 4 1/2"
Balance Point: 4" Below Hilt
Weight: 3 lbs.

Note: The blade is 3/16" 5160 high carbon steel with a full hefty tang. We tested it on several! 2"x4" standing up and split them! with no marring on the blade! . We the n tested it on a 2"x4" cross ways resting on each side on a solid rest and came straight down. It did not cut all the way through but it did cut deep and again did not mar the blade or edge. We then went to the ultimate test Steel-to-SteelSM. We did 9 good blows . it nicked the blade but did not break the blade not break the tang or handle in either of these test.









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