Posts Categorized: Medieval Swords

Legacy Arms (Gen2) Medieval Swords Pommel Peening Method

Peened Tang

We’ve been working closely with the Legacy Arms forge on changing several aspects of their medieval swords for the last several months. One of the most important changes we are going to begin to see shortly is in how each sword is put together. In the past, as with many sword production companies, Legacy Arms used a modified threaded pommel / peen construction. The gist is that the pommels are drilled and threaded and the tangs are tapered and threaded for the last several inches. The guard, grip and any spacers are fitted then the pommel screwed on to provide the necessary compression of the hilt. Once the pommel is seated the end of the threaded tang is peened over the pommel. There are two main reasons why we have decided to move away from this method: It is not as strong as a full (non threaded) tang. Legacy Arms blades are designed to stand up to a lot of hard use. When cutting a large amount of force is applied to the handle in two places; the blade / tang junction (shoulder) and at the pommel. Proper heat treatment of the threaded portion can make a strong connection between tang and pommel, but you still have to remove metal to do it, and removing metal weakens the sword at a critical point. Threaded tangs / pommels shows up much later historically than any of the Legacy Arms medieval swords. Exacting historical reproductions… Read more »