The typical Longsword, as used in the Middle Ages, was roughly 35 to 44 inches in blade length. A misnomer, the Longsword was named not for it's blade length, but the length of the handle grip. It was primarily used by armored troops, but there are examples documented of non armored troop usage. Blades were generally straight and double edged. There are 8 known blade compositions (depending on the skill of the sword maker/blacksmith). Attached to the handle was a decorative pommel or roundel. Not strictly for decoration, the pommel - in the hands of a skilled fighter and using the "pommel technique", could inflict crushing injuries or blunt force trauma.