Developed in the 15th/16th Centuries. this sword was a combination of Arming Sword and the emerging Rapier Blade. A longer cross hilt and bar incorporated a twisting metal basket (designed to provide protection to the users hand). A slender handle/grip was topped by an extra large roundel/pommel. Most often double-edged, the blade tip was slightly blunted. The Spado Da Lato was known for it's balance (which was crucial for fighting). The blade was somewhat longer at 48 to 52 inches. Most often, they were carried without a scabbard. They were popular in Italy and some parts of Germany.