Landsknecht Katzbalger Mercenary Sword


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Feel fierce and historically true when you fight as a late medieval mercenary by wielding the Landsknecht Katzbalger Mercenary Sword. Made from C60 high-carbon steel, this unsharpened, fully functional 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.

The mercenary sword continues with a blackened S-shaped guard. The guard has twisted arms that end in rounded tips. This S-shaped design was helpful for stopping strikes from polearms such as halberds.

Next, the pommel technically starts immediately after the guard. Right after the guard, this long pommel is narrower for a more comfortable grip. Then, it widens out into a flared, fish-tail shape that helps keep the hand from sliding off the end. The blackened, peened pommel has a groove down the center. There are smaller grooves near the end.

Companion Scabbard

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. Brown leather covers the scabbard. Black leather forms the chape. In addition, the scabbard has a pair of black steel hanging rings. 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 inspiration from 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
  • Has typical double-edged blade and S-shaped guard
  • Pommel forms the grip
  • Comes with a scabbard
  • Ideal for historical reenactments


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

Overall LengthBlade LengthGrip LengthBlade ThicknessBlade WidthPoint of BalanceWeight
One Size31.4 inches25.7 inchesinches0.14-0.19 inches2.2 inches4.4 inches3 pounds 6.8 ounces


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