Feder Sword

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The ''Feder'' was in short – a wooden training sword adopted for use by The German School of Swordsmanship (Fencing), in the 16th Century. While wooden. The Feder was manufactured to have the exact weight and balance of a real blade. This was seen as key to practice, as an overall way to make transitioning to a steel blade more easier.Various different Feders were known to exist, each emulating a different mid to late Middle Ages blade (Straight Sword, Arming Sword etc). Even Parring Daggers and related were made and practiced with. Sizing was consistent with the actual steel blade. The term ''Feder'' may refer to “feather'' in relation to it's weight. This is debated today still. Likewise, the origins of The Feder may be linked to The Zweihander or ''Great Blade''. Such long training blades were seen as necessary in the use of the exceptionally long real blade. Although blunted, the tips were still sharp enough to cause injury. A common practice was to cover the tip in a leather sleeve. This made practice safer. Some Feders, although practice – were elaborately crafted with the same skill as an actual sword. Their use waned with early firearms inception into War.