Southern German Landsknecht Katzbalger


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No matter where your travels or missions take you, you are ready for battling any enemy with the Southern German Landsknecht Katzbalger. It is worthy of any mighty warrior in combat.

Sword Construction

Made from C60 high-carbon steel, this unsharpened mercenary sword features the rounded tip and double-edged design typical for this style of late medieval sword. The rounded tip ensured that the cutting edge of a katzbalger would continue closer to the end and allow for a shorter sword, ideal for close quarters combat.

Two wide fullers run down a third of this functional blade. The sword continues with a blackened S-shaped guard. The guard has diamond-shaped grooves along the arms. They end with sphere tips. This S-shaped design was helpful for stopping strikes from polearms such as halberds.

Next, the hilt has a carved wooden grip. Ridges on the grip provide a more secure grasp. There is brass detailing on each end of the grip. The hilt ends with a flared, flat pommel. It has a brass cap on the end.

While one explanation for the katzbalger name claims that it comes from carrying the arming sword without a scabbard, you will not have to do so with this sword. This arming sword comes with a wooden scabbard covered in black leather. Blackened steel forms the chape and throat of the scabbard. We sell separately a range of buckle belts and ring belts that would look great with this sword scabbard.

Combined with the right medieval outfit, you are sure to look and be ready to fight like the legendary Landsknecht warriors. This Landsknecht sword is ideal for medieval reenactments, historical battles, and more. Of course, when you are not taking this sword into battle, make sure to maintain it with some of our maintenance supplies.

Historical Info for the Katzbalger

This medieval German sword takes its design from an original from the Solingen Klingenmuseum, circa 1530-1550. The katzbalger was a favorite sidearm for the Landsknecht. The Landsknecht were a fierce and well-known mercenary company, most commonly from Germany. While they mostly fought with pikes and halberds, a sidearm like the katzbalger was often necessary in the chaotic melees that would ensue, especially if their polearm broke in the midst of battle.

Key Features:

  • Fully functional
  • Based on 16th century original
  • Has typical double-edged blade and S-shaped guard
  • Comes with a scabbard
  • Ideal for historical reenactments


  • Blade is C60 high-carbon steel
  • Hilt is wood and blackened steel
  • Scabbard is wood covered in leather
  • Scabbard fittings are steel


  • Overall Length: 31.1 Inches
  • Blade Length: 25.6 Inches
  • Blade Thickness: 0.15-0.18 Inch
  • Blade Width: 2.1 Inches
  • Grip Length: 4.25 Inches
  • Point of Balance: 4.25 Inches
  • Weight: 3 Pounds 10.4 Ounces

Measurements are approximate.

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