Katzbalger

Katzbalger

Katzbalger

Katzbalger (German: Katzbalger, literally “catcoder”) is a short Landsknecht sword for “cat dumps” (close combat), in which he had an advantage over daggers.

Without a point and with a characteristic hilt and guard, worn by all Landsknechts as auxiliary weapons to the peak, halberd, two-handed, arquebus, also worn by officers and gunners.

Reconstructing this type of weapon, we did not set ourselves the task of copying a specific instance. We tried to make a simple, but at the same time recognizable version of this weapon.

Caroling, viking sword

Caroling, viking sword

Caroling is a Viking sword. The Vikings have always been considered powerful, fearless warriors. Legends were composed about their courage and martial art. The Vikings considered military art the first of all arts and sciences. Most of the Vikings were professional, well-armed and trained warriors who spent their lives on campaigns. The swift raids of the Vikings terrified the whole of Europe, the enemies marveled at the strength and fearlessness of the northern warriors.

The Scandinavian sword was a long, heavy double-edged blade with a small guard. Blades about a meter long were made of several iron rods intertwined, and then flattened into a single whole. This design made the blade flexible and durable, along the blade went a groove (dol).

Sword type XIV Oakeshott Museum — Chernivtsi

Sword type XIV Oakeshott Museum - Chernivtsi

Sword 5128-I-221 in the league the museum’s collection from the collection of Regional Museum. Possible place of discovery skirts. Status ball satisfactory, cleared only from loose rust and covered with varnish.

The surface is covered with shells. Stigma or image if it were on the blade no longer read. The peculiarity of the ball — a relatively thin and wide blade.

Sword Shcharbets coronation sword of Poland and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Sword Shcharbets coronation sword of Poland and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

XII — 1st half of the XIII century, stored in Wawel, Krakow.

About the early history of the sword is known very little. For the first time under the name «Shcharbets» it appears in the «Chronicle of Wielkopolska», written at the end of the XIV century. According to this source, Prince Boleslaw the Brave received the sword from the hand of an angel; with the sword he allegedly went on a campaign to Kiev, where he received a sword and his famous Shcherbina hitting him in the Golden Gate of Kiev in 1018; hence its name — Shcharbets. In fact, Kiev Golden Gate was built only in 1037 — 12 years after the death of Boleslaw the Brave and the sword itself, as established researchers made no earlier than the last quarter of the twelfth century, and no later than the 1st half of the XIII century.

Sword hilt once had a silver plate, is now lost, on which was engraved the name of the original owner — Prince Boleslav. Shcharbetsa exact copy for a long time kept in the castle of the princes Radziwill Family at Nesvizh (Belarus), has brought to us the text of the inscription: «Boleslav, duke of Poland, Mazovia and Łęczyca.» There is a possibility that this sword we see today as the original in Krakow.

For the first time the sword was used as the coronation in 1320, with the accession to the throne Vladislav Lakotko. Since Shcharbets used when crowning Polish kings and 1573 and kings Commonwealth. At the coronation of the Primate, who was assisted by two swordsman — Polish and Lithuanian — scabbard attached to the belt of the king. In 1764 Shcharbets participated in the ceremony of enthronement of the last king of the Commonwealth, Stanislaw August Poniatowski.

In 1795, when the royal treasury was looted cockroaches, the sword was taken to Germany. In 1809-1811 Shcharbets was put up for sale. The fact is that by that time there were at least two replicas of the historic ball. One of them, as mentioned above, was kept in the family castle of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh, and its further fate after 1812 (when the castle was looted during the war) is unknown. Some experts in the XIX century voiced version, that this sword is preserved. It is likely that today we can see the copy, not the original.

Historical sword has the following dimensions:. Total length — 98.4 cm blade length — 82 cm, the maximum blade width — 5 cm over the past century the blade shape may change due to corrosion, intensive cleaning and polishing before each crowning. Hilt navershsha consists of a round, flat, rectangular in cross-section and a handle portion of semicircular cross All hilt-coated plates plates — gold and silver with gold decorated drawings, made in the technique of «nello» (blackening) and dated XIII-XIV centuries . During the restoration of the plates has been moved to the hilt, and their location is different nowadays from the original.

The blade of the sword, at its very beginning, today one can see a long rectangular slit dimensions 6.4 × 0.9 cm. Ego trace of corrosion. In the XIX century it was us and has acquired the right shape. Now it closes the opening triangular enamel shield with the image of the Polish coat of arms, which once was in the lost sword scabbard.

Our version is made without holes and ornaments. The customer will personally decorate weapons precious metals. Sizes vary slightly.

Sword Shcharbets coronation sword of Poland and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Sword Shcharbets coronation sword of Poland and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Polish saber type N3b pa Zablotskamu on the XVII century

Polish saber type N3b pa Zablotskamu on the XVII century

Polish saber N3b type of Zablotskaya kept in the Museum of the Polish Army (Warsaw). Dates from the first half of the XVII century.

Type IIIb saber has a very simple structure and often primitive finish handle, but it has excellent practical properties. These swords are usually lightweight and well balanced for both the wrist and on the shoulder. The design of the inclined forward navershsha allows the use of «pistol» grip, as in type IV saber. This handle increases accuracy and allows the use of additional protection the brush as in the type II of number.
At the same time, to pyarstonak alone enhances finger grip in the lateral plane and increases the rate of attack, but also prevents loss chain sword with hands.
The versatility of this type of saber suggests that it was used in the cavalry, which could dismount when you need it.
Similar sword widely used in Hungary.

Saber № 3b with a narrow blade and a pronounced long stylus. Cross-Phillips, it is often associated with navershsham chain. Navershsha bent forward at an angle of 45 degrees. These swords are good for high Mojave strokes and circular strokes with the pedestrian fencing.

Polish saber type N3b pa Zablotskamu on the XVII century

Polish saber type N3b pa Zablotskamu on the XVII century

1845 French boarding saber

French boarding saber of 1845

It is stored in the museum Muzeum Wojska Polskiego in Warsaw.

French boarding saber of 1845. It is stored in the museum Muzeum Wojska Polskiego in Warsaw

The French boarding saber is kept in the Museum of Muzeum Wojska Polskiego in Warsaw, blade length 676 mm, width 37 mm, thickness at the base 9 mm, single-blade, with wide lobes, the lobes reach a double-edged pen.

The sea anchor is knocked out on the sides of the blade. On the butt of the blade, the name of the weapons factory is stamped: «Manufre Role de Châtellerault 9bre 1845.» The cup is iron, closed, painted black. The cup is connected to the headband. The headband is iron, octagonal in cross section. The lower edge of the headband is obliquely cut. At the top of the headband I saw a riveted hovostovik blade. The handle is iron, octagonal, tapering to the headband. The headband and hilt are painted black.

A boarding saber is perhaps the most famous personal weapon of a sailor. Its popularity probably stems from the fact that it is short enough to be usable during clashes in a small space on a ship. Another advantage was its ease of use. Successful mastery of a boarding saber required less training than mastery of a rapier or a sword, and was also more effective on a narrow deck than using long-blade weapons. With the improvement of artillery and the introduction of mechanical power plants, the use of boarding was discontinued, although in some countries boarding sabers were the armament of sailors until the 1930s.

Our version is slightly different from the original.

French boarding saber of 1845