The Oakeshott Type XVII swords are what many people imagine when they think of big, bad two handed knightly swords - or the kind of swords said knights would use to slay dragons and rescue fair damsels in distress. Strong enough to punch through the weak points or crack the hardened points of plate armor, effectively often bashing their armored up opponent senseless before delivering a final coup de grace
As such, in many respects, the Type XVII swords served a similar function to warhammers or maces, but these huge swords also had a serviceable edge and could do horrific damage to a lightly armored combatant.. And while they could not cut through plate armor, with a decent reinforced hexagonal profiled edge they would bite into it enough to ensure the shock and force of the incoming blow was delivered directly to the target beneath, not dissipated on the surface - often cracking or otherwise damaging the armors overall structural integrity.
Naturally the same principle applied to thrusts, which could on a well timed strike with full force and the opponents momentum against them, impale them punching through the armor..
There are quite a few Type XVII swords in museums and private collections, and they were clearly a popular sword of the era, appearing frequently on statues, effigies and art of the 14th and 15th centuries and depicted in the hands of hero's and, Dragon slaying St. George..
Probably the most popular replica of a Type XVII was the so called "Lady Ash" sword by Angus Trim - though it was a limited edition run and so now is only available on the secondary sword market..
Most, though not all, other modern replicas of Type XVII swords are based on a famous historical sword found in the River Ouse in Yorkshire, the United Kingdom.
However, as there really are not that many replicas to choose from, this single example tends to be the most commonly replicated - with varying levels of accuracy and varying price points.
MyArmory has an excellent in depth article on Type XVII swords here which explains their history and lists some high end reproductions and images of actual antiques.
And of course, you can - and should - read more about these swords and all the others in the Oakeshott Typology in his book, Records of the Medieval Sword
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