This fine sword was made for combat between two mounted fully armored knights. The long blade can deliver effective blows as the distance between two excited horses fluctuates as well as deal with an attack from the ground. It is made for breaching armor by thrusting or hacking and the edge is sharp enough to cut or pry loose a leather fastener. The articulation of armor necessitates gaps through which fatal thrusts could be made. Incapacitating a knight with a limb wound could provide the opportunity for a thrust to the throat or chest through the arm opening. Aside from unseating the rider, the first objective was to breach his armor. This is the tool for that task. It is beautifully made and reflects the latest technology with double ring guards and a semi basket opposite. 41 1/4" length blade.