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Ariodante Spadone - Malleus Martialis Firenze
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Ariodante Spadone

The Valiant Hero In Love


Period:   16th-17th century
Pommel: Bulb
Blade Typology: Type XXa with triple fuller and parrying lugs [Oakeshott]
Blade Anatomy: Fullered hexagonal
Cross: Straight with round cross-section and embellishment rings at the centre of the quillons
Overall Length: 152 cm
Blade Length: 113 cm
Max Blade Width: 3,4 cm
Cross Width:  38 cm
Grip Length: 30 cm (pommel not included)
PoB: 8,5 cm
Edge Thickness: 1,5 mm
Weight: 2000-2010 gr.
Tip: Thickened
Hardening: 50 HRC

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The Valiant Hero In Love

Grato era al re, piú grato era alla figlia
quel cavallier chiamato Arïodante,
per esser valoroso a maraviglia;
ma piú, ch’ella sapea che l’era amante.
Né Vesuvio, né il monte di Siciglia,
né Troia avampò mai di fiamme tante,
quante ella conoscea che per suo amore
Arïodante ardea per tutto il core.

Orlando Furioso, Canto V
Ludovico Ariosto

Ariodante was named after the tragic and pure paladin from the Orlando Furioso, whose story is a perfect portrait of the courtly love and its dangers. Even if Ludovico Ariosto was often ironic and critical of love and its effects on people, this story was so compelling that inspired later works, like the opera by Friedrich Haendel.

This “Spadone” is a wonderful example of a 16th century two handed sword, as taught by Master at Arms Achille Marozzo in his Opera Nova (1536). The extraordinarily refined hilt, with the iron wire wrapped grip and turk’s heads, crowns the luxurious blade, whose fullered geometry was taken from an Italian two handed sword preserved at the MET. The elegant crossguard was also inspired by another beautiful spadone preserved at the Ermitage, and the pommel shape was chosen after some examples in the Art Institute of Chicago.

*This product is for display only. Currently, we are not taking commissions for further items based on this one for a while, as the working process is very time consuming and we are training to improve our efficiency.

This sword is fully handmade without templates, so every Ariodante will be different from the previous one, as our craftsmanship and methods evolve and prevent machine-made effects. Tiny imperfections, differences and asymmetries give your sword a completely unique personality.

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Twisted iron wire Grip with turk’s heads
Pommel, cross and blade are polished by hand
Scabbard available upon request
Safe 5mm thickened tip and responsive handling
Handcrafted in Italy

2 Year Warranty » More

Waiting time is approx. 8-12 months, but if you find it in stock, it will be shipped via express courier in 3 to 5 days, always followed by a tracking link and dedicated support

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