Long knife Late Middle Ages and Renaissance 15th-16th century
With the strengthening of the cities and the bourgeoisie in the late Middle Ages, the demand for a civil defence weapon also increased. At that time only the nobility was allowed to wield double-edged swords. For the common man, the so-called long knife, an extended version of the medieval peasant army, was developed. In contrast to the sabre-like Great Knife, which appeared at the same time, the blade was single-edged and straight. However, the Long Knife often had a so-called back edge at the tip, so it was double-edged at the end. This Long Knife by Ulfberth is based on a well preserved original, which was in the collection of Crown Prince Ernst August von Hannover, but was auctioned in 2012. The forged parry bar is curved in an S-shape and has a large parry ring on the obverse side. The strong rod is riveted to the solid, forged iron pommel. The hardwood grip plates are fastened with seven iron ball head rivets. The upper half of the blade is triple fluted. It is hand-forged from spring steel EN45, oil-hardened and tempered to approx. 48-50 HRC. The cutting edge is not sharpened. The sword comes with a matching leather sheath.
Data Long knife Middle Ages
total length: 115 cm
Blade length: 91 cm
Blade width max: 4,3 cm
handle length: 24 cm
Centre of gravity: approx. 21cm before parry
Impact edge: approx. 1 mm
Weight sword: 1650 g
Blade material: spring steel EN45, oil-hardened
This sword is a decoration article and not suitable for show fight
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general warranty for swords
Our show combat weapons are subject to the legal warranty of two years like all other goods. However, it should be noted that the customer is responsible for providing evidence of defects (e.g. material defects) that were already present at the time of purchase and have not been claimed within 6 months. Complaints after 6 months are therefore often difficult and unfortunate for both sides. An exhibition sword is naturally a wear item. Even the best and most expensive exhibition sword becomes chipped after heavy use, the parry bar can become wobbly and the grip can become loose. This is normal, because strong forces act on the material. Even with these blades the unlikely case can occur that they break if they are already weakened by several and deep embrasures. These are therefore usually not justified reasons for complaint but normal wear and tear. A used show sword shows signs of use after use.