Albion Armorers Talhoffer
Original: 15th century
Hans Talhoffer is a famous name for those with any interest in historical swordsmanship. His manuscripts on medieval combat are some of the better known fencing treatises in modern times, depicting many methods of combat including unarmed fighting, poleaxe use, and most prominently the sword. Albion has created this sword inspired by the illustrations seen in Talhoffer's 1467 treatise, which mostly feature Oakeshott Type XVa
blades and scent stopper pommels.
This sword is among my favorites in handling. It dances in the hand, feeling almost alive in the cut. It is quick and responsive, easily thrusting and cutting. The edges are very fine, which means that I do not feel comfortable half-swording without gloves, but also means that it cuts incredibly well for a sword if its type.
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Overall length: 46.375"
Weight: 3.4 pounds
Width of guard: 9"
Blade: 36.25" long; 1.875" wide tapering to .375"
Grip length: 7"
Point of Balance (PoB): 3.25" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~21.25" from guard
Maker: Arms & Armor