The Official, Licensed “Robin Hood” Movie Sword

Someone who has an exclusive license should do something really special with it. We have done our best with our official, licensed original Robin Hood sword. This sword is not only a perfect replica of the sword Robin Hood uses in “Robin Hood,” the Universal Pictures movie – it has a hand forged blade of tempered carbon steel that makes it entirely suitable for test cutting.

Director Sir Ridley Scott planned the movie with authenticity and historical accuracy in mind – more in regard to the weapons and garb it showcases than the characters it presents. You can see this in the many small details that bring the medieval setting to life and involve viewers in the movie’s absorbing action. A series of masterworks such as “Alien” (1979), “Blade Runner” (1982), and “Thelma & Louise” (1991) and lush historical films such as “1492: Conquest of Paradise” (1992), “Gladiator” (2000), and “Kingdom of Heaven” (2005) prove that the director, who was knighted in 2003, is a master of his craft.

Russell Crowe: expressive and impressive

Once again, Russell Crowe plays the starring role in a Ridley Scott movie. We have already experienced him in top physical and
dramatic form in “Gladiator” in the role of Maximus Decimus Meridius. And the director’s trust has again been rewarded with an expressive, impressive performance in “Robin Hood.” In the role of a charismatic soldier called Robin Longstride, who is fighting at the side of Richard the Lionheart in the Third Crusade at the beginning of the film, he plays the man who later calls himself Robin of Loxley. Robin ultimately becomes famous as the outlaw Robin Hood. This movie is a prequel: it gives the background to the legend of Robin Hood by blending real events into the story of Robin Longstride.

Official movie trailer:

It is interesting that the longbow, which plays an important role in the legends told about expert bowman Robin Hood, is not important in the movie. There are a few scenes in which Robin exhibits his prodigious skill – but this time the action focuses on his swordsmanship! This isn’t the forum for revealing how he got his sword in the first place. But we can tell you that it has a very personal link to him and that the inscription “Rise and rise again until lambs become lions” is very significant. The sentence is not engraved in the sword’s blade. Just like on the sword used in the movie, it is engraved on the steel strips that are set into the sides of the hardwood grip. The octagonal pommel is riveted and decorated with the cross pattee favored by crusaders. Made of antique-looking, dark hardwood and cold steel dotted with decorative turquoise cabochons, the entire hilt is very impressive.

Licensed, hand forged and very beautiful

But the official, licensed original Robin Hood sword has much more to offer than physical beauty. This replica is an accurate reproduction of the sword used in the movie and is designed to be perfectly functional as well. The amazingly flexible blade of our original Robin Hood sword has a fuller that runs three-quarters of its entire length. It is made of hand forged, tempered carbon steel which, of course, makes it entirely suitable for test cutting. When it comes to the Oakeshott typology, it has the characteristics of a type XI sword but could also be considered type XII. The crossguard is straight, but flares in the middle and at the ends – clearly a type 2. Swords from the 15th century typically have this type of crossguard, but older swords also have type 2 crossguards. Because the pommel is octagonal instead of being a classic type I wheel pommel, it is a type I1. Oakeshott presumed that this type of pommel was widespread in the 14th century, although it is also used on earlier swords. As a result, the original Robin Hood sword would have seemed very modern but authentic at the time of the Third Crusade.

A wooden display plaque in the shape of a shield comes with the sword. It bears the Loxley coat of arms that was created especially for the film. Although the coat of arms consists of heraldic elements, it is entirely fictional. The display is designed to hang on the wall and has hooks for suspending the sword. And that is not all: we will soon be adding more original Robin Hood licensed products to our collection! They include a scabbard for the original Robin Hood sword that comes with a belt and pouch; original Robin Hood garb like a chaperon, shirt, trousers and boots; pieces of armor (breastplates, pauldrons and vambraces); and a variety of Maid Marion outfits.

Original Robin Hood sword technical data:

  • Total length: 101.5 cm
  • Blade length: 84 cm
  • Grip length: 11.5 cm
  • Weight: 1.45 kg
  • Blade thickness (base): 4.0 mm
  • Blade thickness (CoP): 4.6 mm
  • Blade width (base): 5.1 cm
  • Blade width (CoP): 3.6 cm
  • Point of Balance (PoB): 13 cm
  • Center of Percussion (CoP): 21 cm
  • Oakeshott type: XI