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Two-handed sword

Two-handed sword

A two-handed swordis primarily of the Renaissance. The weapon is often called, in the Western martial arts community, a Greatsword. It was created in Switzerland and was later used by German and Austrian troops too.

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Two-handed sword

Two-handed sword

While implemented in Germany in the 14th century, it gained renown during the 16th century as the hallmark weapon of the German Landsknechts from the time of Maximilian I. They were allegedly used by the front lines of the Landsknecht, where they would be used to hew through the opposing pikemen and spearmen whose spears presented a difficult barrier for normal weapons and cavalry. Perhaps the best known user of a two-handed sword was Pier Gerlofs Donia who is reputed to have wielded it with such skill, strength and efficiency that he managed to behead multiple people with it in a single blow. The Zweihänder ascribed to him is, as of 2008, on display in the Frisian museum. It has a length of 213 cm (84 in) and a weight of about 6.6 kg (14½ lb).

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