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Richard Z.




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PostPosted: Fri 25 Dec, 2015 12:01 pm    Post subject: Urs Velunt Zweihänder         Reply with quote

Hey,

I've developed a crush for danish greatswords a while ago and have been looking to buy one. Unfortunately, the Albion one is way out of my price range. Recently i stumbled upon this one made by Urs Velunt (Haller): http://www.ritterladen.de/Waffen-Ruestung/And...elunt.html
So now I'm wondering if it is worth buying. Does any of you have any experience with this sword?

Cheers Happy
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Shahril Dzulkifli




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PostPosted: Fri 25 Dec, 2015 5:31 pm    Post subject: Urs Velunt Zweihänder         Reply with quote


I haven't held this Zweihänder yet.

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Victor R.




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PostPosted: Fri 25 Dec, 2015 5:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

No experience with it, but at over 5 feet long, and more than 6.5lbs, this would seem to be less a sword and more a "sword like object". The Albion example is about 4" shorter and more than 2lbs lighter - still a hefty sword, but likely manageable. The proportions of the sword in your link suggest it would be more of a ceremonial piece. Then again, I haven't handled it, or any sword approaching its proportions, so I may be mistaken - the balance may be so good that it handles like a dream - but if I were using it for personal defense, I suspect I'd have to use it more like a pole-arm (thinking along the lines of a glaive or similar weapon), with a hand on the grip and a hand on the extended ricasso, but still wouldn't expect great handling and a swift recovery. While I believe this fighting style may have been the original intent for a sword of this type, the stats still seem to suggest it's overbuilt.

Hopefully you'll find someone with hands-on experience, but it seems to me this object would be a bit unwieldy and not the most accurate representation of the type.

As always, I'm happy to be shown I'm wrong and learn something new in the process.
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Daniel Wallace




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PostPosted: Sun 27 Dec, 2015 8:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

6.5lbs, no, that is still on the lighter side for a two hander, (historically) and almost right in the butter zone. any two handed sword, reproduction or other wise, dances around the weights of 6-8-10lbs 10 borders on a bearing sword.
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Tim Mathews




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PostPosted: Sun 27 Dec, 2015 1:43 pm    Post subject: 2 handers         Reply with quote

Hello
I have the privilege of being the owner of the Zweihander that is on the Arms-n-Armor website.It weighs in at slightly less than 7 pounds but is very quick and responsive in the hands.
I would think that would probably be on the high end of the scale for combat weapons.

Tim Mathews
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