Late 15th century – German. Original found in the Landesmuseum, Zurich.
The Type XVIIIa, Two Handed Gothic Medieval sword, was very popular in Germany during the mid to late 15th century. As the Middle Ages progressed, this versatile battle ready Sword continued to evolve according to the battlefield requirements of the day. The dedicated cutting designs of the 12th and 13th century gave way to the thrusting oriented swords of the late 14th and 15th century. By the middle of the fifteenth century, This duel function sword became an assential part of the medieval Knight arsenal. The long blade, of these 15th century medieval swords were not only capable of powerful cuts, but offered exceptional advantages with their keen ability to piece through the ever developing plate armor of the day. Hence, not only did the fifteenth century longsword possess a blade profile that allowed for effective thrusting, it also retained a large measure of its earlier ancestor's cutting ability. The battle ready sword illuminates the artistic creativity of the time, resulting from the Gothic artistic revolution in the arts. The clear crisp blade and details hexagonal quillions and crisp fishtail pommel attest to this artistic revival. Swords during this period were not only exceptionally engineered, but also showed clear artistic patterns and influences from the gothic architectual structures of the time. Hence, the Two Handed Gothic medieval sword, and thus Type XVIIIa medieval battle ready swords, were not merely weapons of war, but rather beautifully crafted pieces of fine art in their own right.
The Two Handed Gothic battle ready Sword, is our staff's top pick. Not only for its asethetic beautiful, but its superb handling characteristics. This medieval sword is light, very responsive and very well balanced.
Total length: 49" Blade length: 38" Blade width at base: 2" Weight: 3 lbs. 5 oz.
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