This practice sword (Federschwert) is reproduction of object 14.25.1110 in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.
Purposely made with dull edges and blunt tips, this practice sword and another similar example in The Met’s collection (acc. no. 14.25.1111) are descendants of knightly war swords, which were made to be wielded with either one hand or two. Known simply as the long sword, this type was a specialty of the German school, which continued to practice its use long after it had been abandoned elsewhere.
The original sword is located in the depot of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, object 14.25.1110. The blade was inspired by the three Federswords Dr. Daniel Jaquet scanned in the Landesmuseum Zurich, Switzerland.
The reproduction of the sword is as close to the original as possible, yet with reduced decoration of crossguard and schilt, for economical reasons.
- Overall length: 1195mm
- Blade length: 1060mm
- Blade width at base: 26mm
- Crossguard length: 145mm
- Point of balance: 138mm
- Weight: 1290g
All images © Stefan Feichtinger, if not otherwise noted.