Gripping the longsword in Liechtenauer lineage?

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Postby Claus Sørensen » 22 Oct 2007 08:30


absolutely not! in the rüstkammer in vienna we have swords (battleswords from maximillian I.) with grips far over 300 mm. the longest grip I measured is around 360 mm which is relly looooooooooooooooooong

In Denmark we also have quite a few 15 th century swords(2nd half) with these long grips. They actually seem to by quite common here!

And they are "classified" as "longswords". Not as twohanded swords!

My favorite sword also has one of these long grips and I just love how it handles! It is not a problem to do techniques "without" gripping the pommel! Actually many techniques seem easier because of the ballance that the free swinging pommel gives the sword!

Best wishes

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Postby Martin Wallgren » 22 Oct 2007 09:38

I belive I heard Peter J refer to those as scandinavian hilts. Many Danish and swedish Longsword had those very long handles. The Sword of Swante Nilsson Sture Natt och Dag being a brilliant example of that!
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