Italian pillow sword

From my Samples, Singulars, and Somethings Completely Different collection -

A one-of-a-kind reproduction late 17th century Italian "pillow" sword. Legend has it that these were a gentleman's bedside defense sword, but legend (and the popularized name) are wrong. Calling them pillow swords dates from the 18th century and 19th c. authors refer to the type as epee de ville or a town sword, but at the time they were in popular use, the mid to late 1600's, these were known as scarf swords, spada corta, or spada di banda, because they were worn tucked in the waist sash.

As you can see, these were an offshoot of smallswords and period examples have a very light blade. The blade on this reproduction is more robust than the historical examples, but hey, it's the only modern reproduction of one of these swords I've ever seen. A nice, solid thrusting blade you can keep by your pillow ... um, I mean, wear in your waist sash about town.

length: 38 1/4"
blade: 31 1/2
blade width: 15/16" at ricasso
blade width: 5/8" at 2" from tip
grip and pommel: 6 1/2"
guard: 4 7/8"
balance point: 6 3/4" from guard
weight (sword): 1 lb 14.2 oz
weight (sword and scabbard: 2 lb 5.0 oz