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Sword, Blade, Sidearm, Italian, Mediterranean, Latin Europe
A cinquedea is a type of short sword originally based on an archaic Spanish (Celtiberian) design from the early Iron Age, and achieved high popularity in the European Mediterranean during the Renaissance primarily in Italy. The name cinquedea literally means ‘five fingers’ which refers to the considerable width of the blade at the guard. The blade, triangular in shape rapidly tapers down to a point, sometimes very sharp, sometimes rounded off. Another unique feature of the cinquedea is a complex arrangement of multiple fullers going all the way down the blade, further lightening it. Between the sharp profile taper and the fullers, and a heavy pommel this is a very nimble close-combat weapon, capable of delivering horrific stab wounds.
Roman Cinquedea with gilded blade and hilt, Rome, 1530. This is a +6 Ehren weapon, but it is small so 1/6/1 Gilded Cinquedea, Venice, 1510. This is a +8 Ehren weapon. Cinquedea, Ferrara, 1505 Cinquedea, Florence, late 15th Century
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