The Balaur Arms German Longsword recreates the sword of a knight or professional mercenary of the 15th century and its bit of Gothic flair places its styling comfortably within the principalities of the Holy Roman Empire, Bohemia or the Swiss Cantons. A nimble longsword, its Type XVIa blade is balanced for cutting and thrusting and its geometry forms a fine compromise between a weight-reducing fuller at the base of the blade and a more rigid diamond shaped blade cross section in the last half of the blade to make it suitable for thrusting and impactful cutting. The blade is forged from high carbon steel with a tempered hardness of 56 – 58 HRc.
The crossguard and pommel are fashioned from steel and the wooden grip is tightly bound in black leather. The blade is stoutly peened over the pommel for an overall robust construction. A rainguard chape of thick embossed vegetable-tanned leather is at the base of the crossguard; these leather attachments were not unusual to see on central European swords of the period, but are not often reproduced in replicas because many of these leather pieces did not preserve well with the centuries and thus they are not seen on many of the museum pieces used as reference. Though often called a “rain guard” there is lively debate among sword scholars to its true purpose – practical? ornamental? an early form of protection from specific fencing techniques when not wearing gauntlets? The true purpose is open for deliberation, but these leather attachments were often a focal point for artisanal design and embellishment on high quality swords.
The sword is paired with a companion scabbard of wood which is overlaid in a fitted leather binding and completed with a protective steel chape.
Please Note: The factory standard version of this sword has an undyed leather rainguard chape at the crossguard which you can dye or paint to your own liking. You also have the option of having us dye it for you for an additional fee and the colors offered are: Black. Red, Brown and Blue. Please note that the dye service adds a wait time until your order can ship out. If you order additional sharpening and the dye coloring together please allow for a few additional days over the standard sharpening fee time for your order to be completed and processed. The dye application is a multi-step process with waiting an drying time involved so this needs to be accounted for.
The exacting hue and level of antiquing on the finish can vary due to the handcrafted nature of this service. We try to achieve a compromise between a solid color with some antiquing for colors like brown or red. Photos should be regarded as an approximation.
If you wish to dye it yourself we recommend learning about how to properly dye leather before beginning. We have found that the undyed leather chape will want to stay in a more open position than may be desired. To get the leather to be more parallel and in-line with the sword we have the chape dry in the desired position. As it dries it stiffens into its desired form.