Join Date: Apr 2017
Hi David, when I visited the Heeresgeschichtliches (Army) Museum in Vienna last Christmas I encountered a number of such swords which were described as ”Haudegen, 16 J.h.” (see photo). This means cutting swords, 16thC. I understand these were massproduced munitions grade swords for cavalry (not light). Austria armed itself profusely in 16-17thC to meet the threat from the Ottomans along its South-Eastern border, which resulted in the Armoury of Graz now having the largest collection of historical arms in the world I believe. I hope to visit the Armoury at Graz sometime.
The sword pictured in the article you linked to seems to have its tip broken off? Or otherwise it looks like it could have been altered into an execution sword?