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One of the more decorative cut-and-thrust swords of history, this sword originally hails from southern Germany. Swords like it were common in the 15th and 16th century.
The "double-ring" guard provides serious protection for the hand, and also acts a bit like a sword-catcher, allowing the bearer to capture an opponent's blade in combat. It's got a wire-wrapped wood grip with a slightly oversized pommel and a double-ring hand guard that glistens beautifully in sunlight. The guard is silvered with nickel plating and is made thin to keep the weight down. A double-fuller pattern is built into the blade for added strength and weight reduction, with an additional two shorter fullers outside of the primary ones.
An impressive and unique sword, looks fantastic in or out of it's hilt. Great for any occasion that calls for a bit of flash and intimidation. The blade can take some light punishment, but the guard will very likely take damage in full combat.
|Overall Length: ||44 inches
|Blade Length:||35 inches
|Width: ||11 inches
The sword is shipped with an unsharpened blade, but the blade may be sharpened.
Includes leather wrapped scabbard
In the years between the coming of the rapier and the passing of the battle swords, a series of cut-and-thrust swords became popular. These swords had fairly thin blades, could slash as easily as thrust, and featured extensive hand protection.
The swords were fast on the battlefield, allowing lightly armored combatants the ability to move quickly and gain the initiative on heavily armored foes (it also allowed them to run away quickly without having to drop their sword, but that's not as publicized). While the plated knights were lifting their massive battle swords, the cut-and-thrust swords could thrust or slash several times. True, it was difficult to pierce armor with lighter swords, but the thinner blades were easy to aim and could fit into gaps in armor, or through visors. The speed of the swords allowed soldiers to make two or three attempts at hitting a soft spot in the armor before the knight's battle sword made firewood out of their head.
Because the swords were used by lightly armored warriors, hand protection became a fairly important issue. The cut-and-thrust swords began to develop more complicated guards and compound hilts. These enhancements eventually led to the swept hilts that were popular on rapiers, but before that came ring hilts such as the one on this German broadsword.
This sword was most likely used in the 16th and 17th century. The "rings" protected the hand, and at the same time allowed the swordsman to "bind" the opponent's blade at a time when more blade-to-blade contact was becoming popular. A swordsman would likely have carried a dagger or smaller sword in his off hand to assist in parrying or to make a full attack after the opponent's blade had been bound.
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A bearded axe is actually an axe blade with a long heel that hangs down. This bit of blade gives the wielder a greater cutting surface, but, more importantly, it provides a great hook. Why would you need a hook? Well, the Vikings (and the Saxons, really) fought in shield walls-long lines of men, shoulder to shoulder, holding shields. Trying to get through a shield wall was ridiculously hard. So, Vikings came up with the bearded axe.