The Flamberge is a very interesting and beautifully-made weapon that was greatly popular during the fifteenth century in Germany. It was also referred to as the wave-bladed or flame-bladed sword due to its characteristically wavy-styled blade.

Origins of the Flamberge

Most people believe that the Flamberge is a weapon that has a connection with flames, yet contrary to common belief, the term does not really have a link to this.

However, the weapon is definitely of German origin wherein the term translates to the defense of the side (flam meaning side, while bergen means to protect). Another name for the sword is Froberge which literally means defense of the lord.

Characteristics of the Flamberge Sword

The Flamberge was a weapon that appears to be a rapier sword but was also considered as a long sword; this type of weapon features a wavy blade that was necessary for aiding the wielder when it came to chopping or parring pikes or spears.

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It can also be referred to as the flambards, flammards, or even large claymores. Usually, its blade was considered to provide a flame-like quality to the sword’s appearance.

The sword was said to be of Swedish or Germanic descent which began around the thirteenth century. When it comes to the area between the Flamberge sword’s blade and hilt, it was utilized specifically for thrusting motions which were somewhat similar to that of the spear.

Additionally, the Flamberge was also the type of weapon wielded by Charlemagne the King of the Franks from the year 768, the King of Lombards from the year 774, and the Roman’s Emperor from the year 800.

In the French epic called The Song of Roland, the Flamberge was also known as one of the nine blades that have been shattered by Hauteclere which was Oliver’s sword.

The Flamberge’s undulating and wavy blade can be located on both the rapier sword and the long blades; when parrying with these types of weapons, undesirable vibrations may be sent to the opponent’s blade.

At some point, the word Flamberge was mistakenly used to refer to two-handed weapons and was then utilized to refer to the cup hilt rapiers that featured straight blades. The term Flamberge generally refers to a wavy sword that appears just like the tongue of a flame.

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The Double-Handed & Flame-Bladed Sword

This type of Flamberge sword is called the flammard, flambard, or the flammenschwert which in German means flame sword. This kind of weapon was greatly similar to the two-handed sword or the Zweihander where the only difference of these would be the blades.

Just like the other Zweihander, the weapons were utilized during the sixteenth century by adequately trained and highly experienced Landsknechts vibrant mercenary soldiers who all had formidable notoriety.

The Zweihander

The Zweihander can also be referred to as the Doppelhander (the double hander) and the Beidhander (both hander), and it was known as a huge double-handed sword that was mainly utilized during the early period of the sixteenth century; according to numerous tales, it is said that these swords were so powerful that these could easily behead up to seven victims with just a single stroke.

The weapons represent the final forms of weapons that were increasing in size which began during the fourteenth century; during its development, the Zweihander attained the attributes of a polearm instead of a sword due to its enormous size and weight. Because of this, the weapon exhibited a higher and improved striking power and range.

Uses of the Zweihander

The Zweihander was not carried in a protective sheath but it was carried across the wielder’s shoulder just like how one would with a halberd. By the second half of the sixteenth century, the weapon ceased to have a general application but was continued to be utilized for ceremonial or representative use during the seventeenth century.

Some of the ceremonial Zweihander was called the bearing swords or the parade swords. These weapons were larger and weighed around 4.5 kilograms in total.

Since the weapon had a bigger size and weight, it was necessary for the wielder to carry the sword with two hands since it required at least twenty-five centimeters for the grip; for Zweihanders that weighed more than four kilograms, these were confined primarily for ceremonial use; additionally, the early Zweihanders were considered as bigger versions of the longswords.

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People Who Used te Zweihander

Such weapons were commonly linked to the Swiss or German warriors called the Landsknecht; they were also the Doppelsoldners. However, at some point in time, the Swiss outlawed the use of these weapons but the Landsknecht continued to utilize these blades until much later.

The Black Band of German warriors who were active during the years 1510 to 1520 consisted of double-handed swordsmen who had the strength of about 17,000 men. These individuals fought with, as well as against pike formations and they were also granted the title of Masters of the Long Sword by the Marx Brotherhood for having the ability to wield the weapon.

The Frisian hero named Pier Gerlofs Donia was known to have wielded this weapon with excellent and highly notable skill, efficiency, and strength; because of this, it was said that he managed to behead a number of people with just a single hit of the weapon. The Zweihander that he utilized had a length of eighty-four inches and weighed around fourteen and a half pounds.

The Zweihander for Sale

Because of its appearance and enormous size, a lot of people in this day and age seem to have admired the weapon, so for those who are searching for a Zweihander for sale, they can readily find these in numerous weapon shops.

Here, one can choose from a variety of Zweihanders and these are categorized as fully functional weapons that can be utilized for target practice and training, and the decorative pieces that are great for adding to one’s growing collection of medieval pieces.

Functional Zweihanders are weapons that have been created from high carbon steel that has been tempered to make the pieces flexible and strong.

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