Federschwerter (also known simply as "feders") are longsword variants that were used in Fechtschulen ("fighting schools") during the German Renaissance era for practise and sparring. They are perhaps the most common type of longsword that you will see in the HEMA world due to the fact that we generally aren't trying to kill one another. They are very similar to longswords but feature a distinctive "Schilt" near the base of the blade.


Joachim Meyer 1561 Manuscript
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Meyer's Longsword (Advanced)
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