Medieval Glossary


Usually made out of leather or wood, the sheath acted as a holder or container for the blade of a sword and protected it. Usually worn on a belt or diagonally across the back, it is also sometimes called a scabbard. Usually scabbards are conceived of as being more ornamental while sheaths have a more utilitarian connotation.

Related term(s): Scabbard; Hilt; Pommel; Quillon
Category: Weapons
Added: 07.05.04


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