Cold Steel has been making swords for a number of years, but have mainly focused on Asian designs such as the Katana. They have been working this year to complete their offering of battle ready European designs. We are pleased to offer such standards as the Norman sword and the Swept Hilt rapier. And, since they are Cold Steel, you know they have been tested for their ability to take use and abuse!
See these swords at www.knifecenter.com
More information from Cold Steel:
The era of the long sword spanned almost three centuries (approximately 1350 to 1650). This, undoubtedly, was because it really worked! It featured a distinctive cruciform hilt and a long, double edged blade and was equally adept at opposing both light and heavily armored foes. You see, its extra long blade offered the reach and leverage for powerful stabbing, cutting and chopping strokes while its long cross guard and heavy pommel were useful for hooking, striking and smashing. When heavy plate armor was encountered, blows with the edge were marginally effective and were often abandoned in favor of a “Half-Swording” technique; where one hand grips the hilt and the other the blade to better direct the point in powerful jabs, and to more accurately thrust at the small gaps and joints present in a suit of armor.