This sword typifies the sidearm of the Swiss pikemen, famous for their infantry tactics in the 15th century. Simple in form but very effective, this weapon was found in the kit of soldiers, mercenaries and the common man of the day.
First seen in the mid 14th century and continuing in popularity through the 16th century this form of sword appeared in many variations. The over all length could vary from a large dagger to the single-handed sword. They where often worn hung from a belt vertically in the front rather than on the side as most swords appear to have been worn.
Great examples of these swords and how they where worn are depicted in art of the period, such as the work of Diebold Schilling der Jüngere.
In use, the sword would have been comparable and concurrent with the Landsknechts Katzbalger. These two sword types share a wide pommel section, which seats the sword firmly in the hand. This allows the short edge strikes of the Meister Hau (master strikes) of the Lichtenauer school of swordsmanship to be executed very effectively with increased leverage.
This sword has hand made hilt components of steel and a wooden grip of dark walnut. The blade is diamond in cross section made from 6150 steel tempered to a 50Rc hardness.