17th Century - German Executioner Sword & Scabbard
Product Code: DA1349
Manufacturer: Darksword Armoury
£580.00 (INC. VAT)
In stock and available to ship - blunt and sharp with interlaced belt
Late 17th century – German. Original found in the Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), in Germany.
Designed after a later historical model that survives in the Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) in Germany, the sword comes at the tail end of the period in which swords were used in Europe for executions (a period from the 16th century to the 1720’s when this sword was made). It features a long, heavy blade that ends not in a point but a distinctive flat edge. The blade is heavily decorated as many executioner’s swords would be; and while in some cases the sword would be inscribed with the executioner’s name in this case the inscription translates as "I spare no one" – a brutal message for criminals facing this sword’s edge.
Historically, swords were weapons intended for close-quarters combat, and expertly designed for that purpose. Edge, point and guard they were constructed in such a way as to maximize the versatile, human-damaging potential of the weapon. However, the tool of the executioner (be it sword, axe or other device) is not designed for combat, instead being intended for the quick death – usually through decapitation – of the condemned. This weapon would not need to be combat worthy, but would still be capable of fulfilling its intended purpose.
5160 High Carbon Steel, Tempered to a Rockwell of 60
Guard and pommel: Mild Steel
Total length: 44.5"
Blade length: 35"
Blade width at base: 2 1/4"
Weight: 3 lbs. 12 oz.