German Executioner Sword (#1349)

Late 17th century – German. Original found in the Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), in Germany.

The Executioner sword was a symbolic and ‘facilitator’ of judicial law, representing the final sentence upon the medieval criminal. Many courtrooms displayed executioner swords on their walls. Their presence however was not solely symbolic, since it had a concrete purpose in the decapitation of the condemned. Executioner sword blades were typically engraved with vivid imagery of torture and punishment.  


Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel. Dual Tempered HRc 60
48-50 at the core
Total length: 44.5″
Blade length: 35″
Blade width at base: 2 1/4″
Weight: 4 lbs