Longswords from Kvetun Armoury
Longsword (langen schwert) first appears in XIII century and takes its completed form by the end of the XIV century. It becomes one of the main instruments of the European art of fencing and passes through almost all fencing treatises of the XV and XVI centuries written on the European continent. The training modification of the long sword, called fechtfeder, witch means fencing spring or feather sword, appears in the second half of the XV century and becomes an integral part of fencing practice until the XVIII century. These swords were used not only in training, but also unarmored tournaments held in Imperial Cities and Italian Republics.
The length of the training longsword varied from 130 to 135 cm, which corresponded to the average length of the longsword of the end of the XV century. In this exact form it entrenched in fencing practice through centuries.
Sources on the use of such swords
- Fior di Battaglia by Fiore dei Liberi (1405)
- Hans Talhoffer Fechtbuch (~1455)
- Gründtliche Beschreibung der Kunst des Fechtens by Joachim Meyer (1570)
- New Kůnstliches Fechtbuch by Jakob Sutor von Baden (1612)