Landsknecht Katzbalger with Byknives


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As a member of a legendary mercenary group, you battle far and wide. Thus, you carry with you the Landsknecht Katzbalger with Byknives. 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 narrow fullers run down the length of this functional blade with two shorter ones near the base. The arming 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 hilt has a grip consisting of a small wooden section and part of the long, fish-tail pommel. The blackened, peened pommel, like the rest of the grip, has a groove down the center. There are smaller grooves near the end. In addition, the pommel has a brass end cap.

Companion Scabbard and Byknives

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 sword comes with a wooden scabbard and byknives. Black leather covers the scabbard. Blackened steel forms the chape of the scabbard. Strips of leather wrap around the scabbard.

The scabbard has a pocket on the side for the byknives. The byknives consist of a utility knife and awl. Both have wooden handles. 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
  • Comes with a scabbard
  • Includes knife and awl
  • 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 LengthBlade LengthGrip LengthBlade ThicknessBlade WidthPoint of BalanceWeight
One Size31.4 inches25.7 inches4 inches0.14-0.19 inches2.2 inches4.4 inches3 pounds 6.8 ounces


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