This late medieval longsword I would classify as a cross between the type XVIIIa (due to the fuller) and XVIIIb (with its overall size, slender outline and thick base). Overall I consider this to be a well rounded mid 15th century longsword and a perfect companion for someone reconstructing German longsword fencing of the period.
Overall length: 132,5cm
Blade length: 100cm
Blade width: 4cm
CoP: ca 63cm
The pommel and guard of this sword stem from a Regenyei feder which broke after long service. As this sword will by my and my fencing club‘s main sharp sword for training and cutting, I thought it very fitting to re-use them. The guard was slimmed down noticeably because I considered the original a bit overbuilt (the material Regenyei uses for the guards is excellent btw, very hard and tough to work on). The pommel retained most of its original form and was just cleaned up a little. After assembly, both guard and pommel were cold blued and lightly polished over.
This longsword offers very attractive handling characteristics. Held statically, it‘s not a light sword but once set into motion, the weight is hardly felt. With the forward pivot point right at the tip, point control is excellent. The sword flows comfortably through cuts and thrusts, turning with very little difficulty and moving easily through all techniques of German longsword fencing. The blade features a non-linear distal taper starting from 8mm thickness, giving an extremely rigid base with a more flexible and lighter upper third to make the point lively and quick in hand.
Cutting performance is very good almost all the way up to the point as the sword’s profile taper is quite convex and the blade therefore contains enough width for an efficient cutting angle.