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Michal Spilka
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul, 2013 11:54 am    Post subject: custom katzbalgers         Reply with quote

Hello!

here are my new katzbalgers forged upon wish of a customer.
Width of the blade: 50 mm, length: 62 cm, weight: 1.3 kg.












Thanks for your comments Happy

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul, 2013 1:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

They look stellar! Great job.
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Excellent, I particularly like the second one.
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Very impressive. I love the ropework guard.
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul, 2013 4:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ah, Katzbalgers, I love those things. Especially when they are well crafted like these ones, well done, Mr Spilka! Your customer has some very nice taste!
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul, 2013 10:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Katzbalgers are one of the coolest kind of swords ever made. I love these! Great work. Keep it coming...
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Jul, 2013 10:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Those are two good-looking swords.

I have what may be a dumb question about Katzbalgers. One would think that with such a sword, stabbing would be on the agenda. But most that I've seen have rounded tips, some so round that thrusting is completely ruled out. There are other designs, like many gladii, which were mainly thrusters, but which could cut quite well.

Is there something about the blade geometry of katzbalgers that contraindicates stabbing?
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Jul, 2013 1:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

For one thing, they are often quite thin in cross section
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Jul, 2013 6:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
Those are two good-looking swords.

I have what may be a dumb question about Katzbalgers. One would think that with such a sword, stabbing would be on the agenda. But most that I've seen have rounded tips, some so round that thrusting is completely ruled out. There are other designs, like many gladii, which were mainly thrusters, but which could cut quite well.

Is there something about the blade geometry of katzbalgers that contraindicates stabbing?


I've wondered about this too. Clearly these Katzbalger are cutting blades. You might think a short cut & thrust blade would be a better all around option for use in a tight pike or other staff weapon formation. Perhaps a small type XVIII sword? But perhaps the Katzbalger really was not meant for the close formation fight where room to maneuver a blade is limited. Perhaps this sword is really a last ditch blade should the pike formation be scattered? Also might be useful for the pursuit of a fleeing enemy? I would think if a short thrusting blade was wanted the landsknechts would have armed themselves accordingly. Although the Katznalger might have adequate thrusting capabilting against soft targets such as face and hands. BTW these Katzbalgers are really beautiful pieces.
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Jul, 2013 11:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Most Landsknecht and Confederate mercenaries had little or no armor, so stabbing would not be so difficult if the enemy is only wearing several layers of clothing.
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Jul, 2013 11:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you guys for your reactions! I´m glad I had the opportunity to make these 2 pieces and could show you something new from my smithy. Both katzbalgers´ve become part of our standard catalogue.
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Aug, 2013 11:14 am    Post subject: new set for Landsknechts         Reply with quote

Hi there!
I´m just about to finish another set for Landsknechts (based on original from Rothenburg museum with few changes upon customer´s request) so wanted to share it. Overall length 77 cm, blade width 5 cm, weight 1.34 kg, PoB 9.5 cm.







http://www.nielo-sword.com/fotogalerie/katzbalger/

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Oh, that knucklebow is so cute! Big Grin
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Aug, 2013 3:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michal, those are some of the nicest modern made katzbalgers I've ever seen.
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PostPosted: Mon 02 Sep, 2013 8:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

These are really fantastic. If i were in the market for something new, I'd be contacting you right now!
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PostPosted: Tue 03 Sep, 2013 11:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you gentlemen!
I´m working on another piece for Landsknechts at the moment - Langmesser (really beautiful piece, once again from Rothenburg :-)) I´ll share photos soon.

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug, 2014 10:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I Think Michal might have forgotten about this thread, I hope he wont mind that i share the results on the aforementioned Langesmesser.

http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3814349/Mi...aben/1.jpg
http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3814349/Mi...aben/2.jpg
http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3814349/Mi...aben/3.jpg


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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug, 2014 1:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That messer is beautiful. And a beastly cutter I guess.
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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug, 2014 3:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice! And an interesting use of that guard type on a messer.
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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug, 2014 3:59 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mark T wrote:
Nice! And an interesting use of that guard type on a messer.


If you were on Facebook, you'd see some recently posted complex-hilted langes messers on there located in the Rothenburg Collection. Razz

I believe the particular one posted here is based on a Rothenburg sample, in fact. Linked below:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203585496070469&l=3c85fc9638

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