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The Flamberge

The Flamberge is an interesting weapon used in Germany and very popular around the 15th Century. Some of the finer points are the fact that it is a two handed weapon but it has something called a "Ricasso" that is the leather wrapped section shown at left that is between the handle and the blade. This allowed the wielder to choke up on the sword and get better control of it. The flamberge shown here also has the unusual Kriss style (wavy) blade.

Landesknechte Flamberge Sword

 

A web visitor "Micke" has helped to clear up the definition of Flamberge. My thanks go to him for helping and here is what he says:

 

While reading the section of the flamberge on your site I came across the common error of mistaking the term flamberge to refer to any twohanded sword. This is incorrect, the term refers to the wavy blade which looks like a tongue of flame (flamberge = flame blade).
The sword depicted is rather a german zweihänder with a flamberge blade.
Many swords had these blades one handed and two handed alike. The sword depicted on the Braveheart DVD is thus not a flamberge because it's straight edge, neither is it a zweihänder, it's actually a scottish claymore.

Braveheart

Did you know that the flamberge was one of the main weapons that Mel Gibson used in the movie Braveheart? You can see it here in this picture of the DVD cover.

 

 

 

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