I'm analyzing the Jagdplaute, a short single edged German hunting sabre that was used in the 18th century to cut the sinews of the hind legs of deer. Afterwards the noble arrived with his Hirschfänger, a short hunting sword, to enjoy killing the hapless animal. My problem is finding literature on the size, weight, use and distribution of the Jagdplaute. On some versions I found an angular grip that looked more suited to a stabbing motion than a slashing motion. So I wonder whether this differing grip means differences in use. Perhaps someone knows useful literature on the topic.
My true topic of concern are early iron age Southeast-European "machaira" (they have many names) that look very much like the Jagdplaute and have little in common with the Greek machaira.