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Dark Rocks

The Reiter Longsword

In creating our sparring-ready homage to the celebrated Bayerischer Museum longsword, we remained as close to the original as possible, making minor alterations for safe yet authentic sparring.

The blade features a hexagonal cross-section tapering into a central ridge, while the crossguard and pommel are decoratively carved.

Please see our pricing structure for an idea of what a similar sword would cost.


∴ Specs ∴

  • Weight: 1470g

  • Total length: 126cm

  • Blade length: 95cm

  • Blade width: 4cm-2mm

  • Total hilt length: 30cm

  • Quillon span: 22cm

  • Point of Balance: 5.5cm

  • 2mm edges

  • Fencing flex

  • Swollen tip


∴ Notes ∴

In keeping with the original, the disc pommel features a deep recess on either side and the S-curved quillons feature faceted carving. The hardwood grips are half-wrapped in twisted steel wire, and half-wrapped in string and leather.


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∴ Variants ∴

When our client asked for an exact copy of our classic Reiter longsword, we set about giving him just that while including some of Chris’s more recent scholarship.

One adjustment Chris made was to give this version a hollow pommel, allowing for a livelier balance than its predecessor. This time Chris hand-forged the hollows into the wheel, making for another possible interpretation of the original.

The result is a light and refined longsword that rotates well around the tip. A versatile fencing tool, it is particularly effective in opposition moves. Light and long, it nonetheless moves with presence.


∴ A Striking Statement ∴

The marble is cold beneath bare feet as you step toward the small framed print at the end of the hall. Unwatched, you trace the outline of the knight on horseback - his stance and expression resolute as he passes monsters and demons.

Since moving to Munich a month ago, your world has become a whirlwind of cut-throat commerce under the appraising eye of your Master. His home is full of fineries you couldn't have imagined a year ago - yet this unassuming woodcut is the one that keeps drawing you back. 

Perhaps it reminds you of a simpler time, when morality seemed as black and white as the ink pressed onto the page. Your eyes come to rest on the lone knight's longsword - slender yet striking with S-shaped quillons and a recessed disc pommel. A true cross. Your hand drops to the sword at your own side - almost the image's twin.

In this world the weapon is a symbol of status. But you have demons of your own to fight, and you like to keep it near. 


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