Distinguished by its imposing size, the greatsword is designed specifically for two-handed use, setting it apart from the versatile longsword which can be wielded with one or two hands. Originating in Europe, the greatsword boasts a straight, double-edged blade anchored by a cruciform hilt. Its prominence peaked between the late medieval to Renaissance era (around 1350-1550), though evidence of its use can be traced back to the 13th century and as late as the 17th century. This particular model stretches to a formidable 48" in length.
Craftsmanship and Blade Material
Crafted meticulously from pattern-welded Damascus steel, this sword represents the pinnacle of metallurgical expertise. By folding 11 pieces of steel five times, an intricate layering of 352 patterns emerges. Known for its ideal balance between hardness and durability, the steel scores a Rockwell hardness of 55-56 HRC. Central to its composition is the high carbon steel, specifically the 1095 variant, recognized for its elevated carbon content, making it a favored choice in sword-making. The harmonious blend of steel layers gifts the sword with a robust edge that resists dulling and possesses the resilience to withstand intense impacts.
- Handle Material: Metal and Leather blend
- Length: 48"
- Rockwell Hardness: 55-56 HRC
- Layering: 352 distinct layers
- Sheath: Tailored leather sheath
Blade Composition: Damascus steel featuring:
- 6 Segments of Carbon Steel (#43 and #40)
- 5 Segments of High Carbon Steel 1095
- Folding Pattern:
- 1st: 22 Layers
- 2nd: 44 Layers
- 3rd: 88 Layers
- 4th: 176 Layers
- 5th: 352 Layers