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<font color=#cc1111<B>Out of Stock!</B></font> German Broadsword

Out of Stock! German Broadsword

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Deckengriff: Ring-hilted German Broadsword

•  Impressive
•  Quadruple Fuller Design
•  Wire-Wrapped Wood Hilt
•  Hand-forged High Carbon Blade
•  Unique Design is Both Durable and Attractive
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One of the more decorative cut-and-thrust swords of history, this weapon originally hails from southern Germany. Weapons like it were common in the 15th and 16th century.

The "double-ring" gaurd 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 weapon, 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
Depth:5 inches
Weight:1.6 lbs.
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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 weapons became popular. These weapons 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 weapon, but that's not as publicized). While the plated knights were lifting their massive battle swords, the cut-and-thrust weapons 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 weapons 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 weapons were used by lightly armored warriors, hand protection became a fairly important issue. The cut-and-thrust swords began to develop more complicated gaurds 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 popluar. 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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Keywords: german, sword, broadsword, ring-hilt, cut-and-thrust, rapier