Polish Early Longsword from Leszno, 13thC
Polish 'early longsword' based on existing original sword found near Leszno in Poland. Original is dated to second half of 13th century, Oakeshott Type XII.
That version has just a bit different crossguard and pommel shape. Original sword has also inscriptions on both sides of the blade.
That type of sword was popular from second half of 12th century to the beginning of 14th century with many variations. We can see similar swords in Maciejowski Bible and other 13th century manuscripts - they are longer than one-handed swords - but still not as long to put both hands on the grip. Usually total length of these swords was between 1050 and 1080mm and that sword is exactly in that range (1065mm).
The grip covered with black leather is divided into six parts by risers for each possible finger and that was my idea to show possible and predicted handling arrangement.
This is not light sword, according to all available data, swords from this 'family' were rather heavy. However it is not too heavy even for using with only one hand. But when you use both hands, that sword becomes a deadly machine of war. It is very stiff at whole blade area, feels strong in hands and nicely balanced. Definitely designed to fight against an armored opponent.
That sword will have a 13the century scabbard and belt reflecting all features important for its period and for a noble knight.
total length 1065mm
bladse length 873mm
blade width 57mm
blade thickness at the base 5,4mm
balance ca. 135mm
weight ca. 1370g