German Executioner Sword (#1349)

4.00 out of 5

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. Many courtrooms displayed executioner swords on their walls.

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The Executioner Sword

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. 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. The blades of Executioner swords were typically engraved with vivid imagery of torture and punishment.

These swords generally featured broad, flat blades that end not in a point, but as a distinctive flat edge. The blade is heavily decorated as many executioner swords would be; and while in some cases the sword would be inscribed with the executioner’s name, in this case the inscription translates as “I spare no one” – a brutal message for criminals facing the executioner sword’s edge.

Historically, medieval and renaissance swords were weapons intended for close-quarters combat. Edge, tip and guard were constructed in a way to maximize the sword’s versatility and therefore the human-damaging potential. This was especially true with the thrusting capabilities of the medieval swords at the dawn of the medieval period. The Executioner sword however, was intended to decapitate its victims. Hence the tip, unlike military swords, was rounded. Some suggesting the symbolic form of an abrupt end of life.

Faithfully crafted after a later historical model that survives in the Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), the ‘German Executioner sword’ is an imposing and powerful piece. Hefty, yet carefully balanced for its intended purpose, the 2.5 wide blade delivers powerful cutting blows. The blade is individually hand crafted from 5160 High Carbon steel and acid etched with stunning complexity, as the original compelling design.

The Executioner sword is an impressive, elegant yet macabre piece. imbued with powerful symbolic meanings, the Executioner sword is a beefy, vibrant and assertive piece which will sure be the focal point of any collection !

Photograph of the German Executioner Sword:
Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), in Germany.

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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: 3 lbs. 9 oz.

2 reviews for German Executioner Sword (#1349)


  1. 3 out of 5

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    The sword i got was exactly as depicted nicely made aesthetically beautiful. , however it seems that during the quench starting id say about 8 in from the tip. the sword was twisted slightly and bent. This makes it have an awkward swing it likes to turn in the hand. Overall well made but i am sad it arrived to me this way.

    The sword i got was exactly as depicted nicely made aesthetically beautiful. , however it seems that during the quench starting id say about 8 in from the tip. the sword was twisted slightly and bent. This makes it have an awkward swing it likes to turn in the hand. Overall well made but i am sad it arrived to me this way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I got to say i am impressed with this blade. After ordering i was having some buyers remorse but after holding it in my hand and seeing the great quality. This sword is a beast, a very nice, well crafted blade. I read complaints the etching was bad but mine is good. Very clear and pronounced. The entire thing is solid, no rattle or looseness. The only thing that kinda took me back was when i noticed the 3 triangles at the tip of mine do not go all the way through the blade. After thinking about it I actually like it better that way. As far as functionality i have no doubt this blade could dish out and take some punishment. Honestly i bought this as a wall hanger/conversation piece and i doubt it will ever see much abusive testing. It is not designed or balanced for combat and i already own a ton of battleswords if i want to practice. It did cleave right through the box it came in, nice clean cut. It also passed the flex test no problem although i should add it is a pretty rigid blade. The only thing i do not like about this sword is its sheath. They should have made the tip of the sheath squared off. Not a huge deal since i dont plan on ever carrying it anyway so i still give it 5 stars. If you are looking for something different this is a cool sword.

    I got to say i am impressed with this blade. After ordering i was having some buyers remorse but after holding it in my hand and seeing the great quality. This sword is a beast, a very nice, well crafted blade. I read complaints the etching was bad but mine is good. Very clear and pronounced. The entire thing is solid, no rattle or looseness. The only thing that kinda took me back was when i noticed the 3 triangles at the tip of mine do not go all the way through the blade. After thinking about it I actually like it better that way. As far as functionality i have no doubt this blade could dish out and take some punishment. Honestly i bought this as a wall hanger/conversation piece and i doubt it will ever see much abusive testing. It is not designed or balanced for combat and i already own a ton of battleswords if i want to practice. It did cleave right through the box it came in, nice clean cut. It also passed the flex test no problem although i should add it is a pretty rigid blade. The only thing i do not like about this sword is its sheath. They should have made the tip of the sheath squared off. Not a huge deal since i dont plan on ever carrying it anyway so i still give it 5 stars. If you are looking for something different this is a cool sword.

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