Ritter Type XI.... $880

This is a sword with distinct German flavour of a style that was popular in the first half of the 13th C.

It has a long and handsome blade with a short point section, clearly dedicated to the cut, as was favored in areas under German influence.

The fuller is rather narrow, which might classify it as a type XI according to Oakeshott´s typology, but this is one of those swords that fall a bit outside the norm in this typological system.

The sword is inspired by an original in Museum für Deutsche Geschichte, Berlin and shares the same style of hilt.

The pommel is of a type known as “cocked hat” or Oakeshott type D. This is of deep and generous shape complemented nicely by a wide and slim cross of style 2 of round section. This has gently trumpeting ends and a slight swelling in the middle. The grip is of moderate length, making this a single hand sword despite its great size.

These were cavalry weapons, true knightly swords, to be used from horseback in big sweeping blows.

In chronicles from the period we can read about German knights and their fearsome great swords that were wielded with great skill and precision.