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STANDARD LONGSWORD

The most common and popular weapon of the Medieval Ages, the longsword could be found hanging at most everyone's side. Measuring about 48 inches in length it had no standard or common design. The blades were crafted from tempered steel, mainly from Toldeo, Spain, yet Sheffield, England proved itself as an excellent manufacturer of swords.
A weapon that could be easily handled and maneuvered, its long reach protected the user as he could fight from behind a shield with ease. Its sturdy and heavy blade made it an excellent cut and thrust weapon as well as an effective hack and slash tool. The wide-spread use of this weapon is what led to radical changes and improvements in armor as this sword could exploit most weaknesses in suits of chainmail, scale mail and leather armor.
The handles, pommels, hilts and grips were varied to appeal to the design of the user, thus making each weapon uniquely detailed.

CRUSADER or KNIGHTS TEMPLAR SWORD

The Crusades were a series of wars in which the ruling European houses fought to take the Holy Lands of Jerusalem. Their main goal was to seize and protect the Church Of The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem as this was the site where Christ was buried. The Order of the Knights Templar, also called the Knights Hospitallar, was founded during the Crusades by a group of French Knights who protected pilgrims on their journeys. The Knights Templar, like the Knights of the Crusades, took vows of poverty and obedience so that they could dedicate themselves to their selfless cause.
Their swords were simple in construction but powerfully effective in battle. The hand-guards and hilts fashioned a cross by design to symbolize the crucifixion. The swords measured about 46 inches in length and were made of a fine steel tempered blade. Usually the pommel was adorned with religious symbols and sometimes the blades were engraved with Holy Scripture or other inspirational verses. The same design applied to the swords used by most Crusaders as their cause was deemed righteous in serving God.