Based on Original: Circa 1480-1500 German, The Oakeshott Collection, Minneapolis MN, formerly in the Collection at Schloss Erbach
Overall Length: 45"
Blade Length: 36"
Blade Width: 2"
Guard Width: 9.38"
Grip Length: 6.4"
Balance Point: 5.25"
Weight: 2.9 lbs (1320g)
The arming sword of the 15th century warrior was a formidable weapon. It evolved, in part, to respond to the plate armor of the knight reaching the peak of its effectiveness. Our replica is an excellent example of this class of sword. Well balanced, it could be used single handed, or with two hands to deliver a powerful blow or a deadly thrust. Swords of this type are frequently illustrated in the fight manuals of the period which represent the Liechtenauer tradition of personal combat.
The beauty of this sword is not only in its austere design but the way it flows in the hands when used in the fighting styles of the period. It becomes obvious how the balance and distribution of mass are so important to the ability to gain advantage over an opponent when coming to a cross of the swords. While very effective against an armored opponent the sword also works extremely well for unarmored (blossfechten).
This sword has been in our line for a long time but we have recently improved our accuracy of reproduction for this sword. In our endeavors to create the best product possible for our customers we will often adjust existing items to improve their reflection of the originals they are based on. These improvements to the Schloss Erbach sword, when compared to the earlier versions, may seem subtle, but our commitment to crafting a better sword never stops. Replicating with a meticulous attention to the asymmetries of the original hilt components is a testament to the craftsmanship of the original maker. To make the item as closely as our talents allow, not only in dimension but feel and capabilities is our goal.
You can see the original in all its detail as it is part of The Oakeshott Institute's 3D modeling research. Check it out here Historical Sword Documentation Project.
For further information, please read myArmoury.com's Hands-on Reviews: Review by Jason Elrod