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Also, i've read and seen it demostrated, that a katzbalger is a shorter sword then most other arming swords, with the express purpose of having a faster draw time. The hope was that two pikeman would lock, drop their pikes and draw arming swords. The katzbalger would draw faster and thrust before his opponent had drawn.

Instead of expanding the article, I've shortened it a little: Katzbalger also means "Suitable for the fight". That's unfortunately just not true. The etymology of the word is a matter of dispute, but not the fact that it is a noun, not an adjective. Sorry for that...! Trigaranus 15:48, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

-- Being shorter has nothing to do with draw time. You're barely gonna lose fractions of seconds on drawing a 75cm sword compared to a 90cm. It's shorter because it's meant for close fighting only, while longer arming swords are meant for medium-close, therefore having longer reach.

-- Katzbalger is mainly a cutting sword, not a thrusting one. The point is very round, being unsuitable for thrusting, while the blade is very flat and broad - qualities for a cutting sword.

-- All guards protect the hand, and not only in the case of the opponent's blade sliding down. I'll remove the "sliding down" part because it's both unnecessary and restrictive.

-- The weight is wrong. They are 0.8 to 1.5kg, with most being 1.2kg. No one handed sword weighs 2kg, specially the short, fullered, flat-bladed ones.

-- Both sources cited are dead. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:43, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

-- This thread shows a few examples of Katzbalgers, and most have 80cm of length. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:22, 30 March 2015 (UTC)


Katzbalger (a.f.a.i.k.) was a derogative name for noblemen (i.e. Ritter), who fought as often as they could (from "balgen" - to fight with tooth and nails without rules). It came about - being published that is - in the early 16th century, when ostentative fights between men was more and more banned from towns and other public places and this method of earning revenue had to be changed to bestiarii-like fights between armoured swordsmen and beasts (like leopards or similar). The weapon itself was not forbidden to be shown or carried openly, so it became a way to show off extra-martial readiness for bouts, challenges, odd wagers, quarrels. The first explanation "by the skin of a cat" is just nonsense (purer Unsinn), one might delete that.-- (talk) 22:01, 23 February 2016 (UTC)