Yay! I took possession of my new toy last night – a fifteenth century German longsword. It’s a practical, which means it intended to be used for martial arts. Funnily enough, that’s what I do. I can’t wait to give it a go.
It seems to be balanced a little forward of optimum but the balance point will move a little further backwards when I have the edge filed off it to make it safe for sparring. I’m really impressed with the wire wrapping on the lower half of the hilt – it adds that indescribable something to make (in my eyes at least) a mass-produced item stand out from the crowd.
Here’s some details:
- Oakeshott: Type XVIIIa with a type T ‘scent stopper’ pommel and ring guards
- Overall length: 115cm (45.5″)
- Blade length: 93cm (36.5″)
- Weight: 1.47kg (3lb 4oz)
As an historical weapon: the type XVIIIa and scent stopper pommel place this sword firmly in the period 1410-1510 but the cross guard is generally seen in swords a century earlier. Is this just innate German conservatism? The ring guards are either a later addition or a left the sword smith with no time to make a fancier cross guard. I can well imagine the gentleman customer begging the sword smith to finish the damned thing so he can start playing with it.
Here's some photos so that you can revel in the awesomeness which is my … urm … weapon!