Cluny Falchion v's Maille

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Cluny Falchion v's Maille

4 995 views | 1 Jul. 2014
4 995 views | 1 Jul. 2014

Continuing the studies of the Cluny Falchion. Test cutting against simulated padded armour, maille and maille over padding.

Cuts are examined and compared to control cuts made against unarmoured targets.

Next video: Cluny v's plate armour and a start on the published codices demonstrating the use of the cleaver style falchion.

Music: Kevin Macleod

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And again, an excellent conclusive test which once again DEBUNKS that absurd idea that you can "break bones with a heavy medieval broadsword" through padding and armor. Blunt swords, even the blade-heaviest of them, may leave bruises but they are not going to break bones right through armour, as popular culture suggests! Dear Sir, I am going to link to your video as much as I can!!!




Excellent video! Great narrative voice as well.

Dave Lead

You made me hungry.

Tom Umland

Another note about linen - which could be grow in anyones yard in Northern Europe - is that it was commonly used for bowstrings.  This indicates that it has high tensile strength, a trait shared by all filaments now used in bullet proof vests.
Just found you - Primo material!   Thanks both for your shared interest and efforts making them public.

Dead Knight

I love falchions, and I love how there's someone covering falchions here

Dave K.

This works as ASMR for me. ^^


I guess you've ben eating a lot of meat recently... :-). Very interesting video. You gonna do anything about morning stars as well some day? I always wondered if these were really effective or just for shits and giggles. Their usage looks kind of clumsy.

michael mcbride

My only Criticism is the blade is too short. I know Falchions are shorter, but it seems too short. Thanks.


Isn't that falchion a bit too thick? According to Elmslie they should be (the spine that is) 1.2-1.7 mms at 7 cms before the tip with a an edge angle of 5-10°. The Cluny being a type 1 that is.

Blank- blade

Glad i found your channels. Keep up the good work ;)


im very surprised that it did very little against the linen.. perhaps that might have something to do with the fact you used a chopping stroke, not more of a slash?

Scott Freeman

I just discovered your channel. Very professional videos.

One thing I don't understand. Why did medieval soldiers opt for two handed pole arms and abandon their shields? The simple answer seems to me to be plate armor. But even in the high medieval period, common soldeirs were not wearing plate armor. The Scottish Highlanders with their Claymores - a large two handed sword. Why did they do that? It seems a one handed sword and shield would be more effective.

So my question is: How do two handed pole arms fare against earlier fighters say from the Viking era?


StrawberryJuice Knight

Well, the cusped falchion would be best against armor. After all, there is a reason why you have to thrust through armor: it makes sword cuts useless.

Tom Truyens

And to think that in a battle it would do even less damage to an armored opponent because the chance of such a direct hit happening is lessened AND the "target meat" has the ability to move with the impact because it isn't held in place by a wooden block.

Aspie Sean

In SCA combat I find 3 layers of linen (1 7.1 oz, & 2 5.3 oz) make for wonderful padding under my lamellar. I also use it by itself in rapier fencing and all centerline hits to my torso are resisted by 6 layers of linen. Not sure how'd they do vs a sharp blade but they do OK against even moderate blunt force.