Practice Sword

Bladesmith Ulrich Diefstetter German

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Purposely made with dull edges and blunt tips, this practice sword and another similar example in The Met's collection (acc. no. 14.25.1111) are descendants of knightly war swords, which were made to be wielded with either one hand or two. Known simply as the long sword, this type was a specialty of the German school, which continued to practice its use long after it had been abandoned elsewhere.

Practice Sword, Ulrich Diefstetter (German, Au ca. 1536–ca. 1589 Au (now Munich)), Steel, leather, wood, brass, German, Munich

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