Great sword

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A greatsword (also refered to as zweihander) is a two handed infantry sword used primarily from the late 15th to 17th century. With a weight of (on average) around 4 to 5 lbs and with lengths of around 60 to 70" (150-175 cm), they were used amongst pike blocks by Swiss and German troops. They often have an unsharpened ricasso just before the crossguard which often could be 12" (30 cm) in width. They often have lugs protruding from the edges of the blade a short distance from the crossguard.

These aren't to be confused with the parade or bearing swords which are similar in size but greatly overweight and not suitable (nor designed) for combat.

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