Sword staff. The sword of the poor!

Ακαδημία Ιστορικών Ευρωπαϊκών Πολεμικών Τεχνών

1b - AKADEMY LEONTES - INTERNET

By Eytichios Tzirtilakis

Translation in English by George E. Georgas

Michael Zachariou Charonitis with his sword staff and his wife Theonimphy. Michael Zachariou Charonitis and his wife Theonimphy and with his sword staff  in hand.

Once upon a time in Byzantine Empire, the wooden swords were used in common as weapons, from the time of the legendary Byzantine hero Basilios Digenis Acritas until the present days, this tradition kept alive. Behold the weapon of the poor people of Crete; it is a medieval tradition that’s fades away in the dawn of the 21st century.

 

The sword staff or sword stick is a staff with the shape of a curved sword; actually it is a wooden sword. This wooden sword is not a training sword such as boken, instead it is a strong wooden construction which made from a thick and hard type of wood. 

 

Upper photo: Sword staff from the Atsalopoulo Rethimno Down photo:Sword staff from Folk and Historical museum at Rethimno Upper photo: Sword staff from the Atsalopoulo Rethimno
Down photo:Sword staff from…

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