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I accidentally found this information from the Wikipedia page Boiled leather:

The word cuirass for a breastplate indicates that these were originally made of leather.[11] In the Late Middle Ages, the heyday of plate armour, cuir bouilli continued to be used even by the rich for horse armour and often for tournament armour,[12] as well as by ordinary infantry soldiers. Tournaments were increasingly regulated in order to reduce the risk to life, and in 1278 Edward I of England organized one in Windsor Great Park at which cuir bouilli armour was worn, and the king provided swords made of whale bone and parchment.[13]

So, during 1278 King Edward I of England provide swords made of whale bone and parchment for tournament weapons, which makes me curious: what did the sword look like (I mean physical image either painting or real artifact or replica)?

So far I found some discussion about the property of the whale bone (baleen) sword but from the explanation it is hard for me to see or imagine what it looked like so I'd appreciate it if someone could provide an image or shape of the whale bone (baleen) sword and how it was made. http://myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=10426

Aparently the whalebone sword or baleen is covered with parchment; it is not a separate sword, based on this link provide by @JustCal so I have deleted the question regarding parchment sword.

  • I have flagged this question as the original this one as the duplicate – Pieter Geerkens Sep 20 '19 at 23:44
  • @PieterGeerkens but this is a question about whale bone (baleen) sword though, not parchment sword, i heard we cant make two question in same place here, so i separate it into two question. – Li Jun Sep 20 '19 at 23:49
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    Linguistically, the phrasing swords made of whale bone and parchment. clearly seems, to me, to be swords made from both whale bone and parchment; not both swords made from whalebone and swords made from parchment. If that interpretation is shown to be incorrect the other question can be reopened. Likewise if my tentative interpretation is declined by the community the Close suggestion will be declined. I am not a moderator - so my votes are only suggestions not commands. – Pieter Geerkens Sep 20 '19 at 23:51
  • @PieterGeerkens yeah seems like it combination of both base on Justcal reply with this link sword – Li Jun Sep 20 '19 at 23:55

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