Derived from the traditional European Broadsword of the 13th thru 16th Centuries, The Polish Palasz Sword was used primarily by the famed Winged Hussars of Poland. These blades were very long at 3 to 4.5 feet long. The average weight was close to 5-pounds. The blades were "triangular" patterned with no defined cutting edge. The true use of The Palasz was as a stabbing weapon. In theory, a Mounted Hussar could engage ground Forces from his horse with ease (due to the blade length). Blades of this Era and Region (used by Cavalry), were always straight. Curving blades (used for "swinging"), were not used. Eventually evolving to The Koncerz Blade of the 17th and early 18th Century, The Palasz featured traditional Period Handles and Hilts of various styles. They were seldom carried in a scabbard (due to their excessive length). At some point, an "enterprising" Hussar "sharpened" The front portion of the blade, to allow for "hacking". Although uncommon, the practice was used.