The Hexen Zweihander

∴ A Sorcerer’s Staff∴

Ask anyone around here and they’ll tell you: the battle mages are gone.

Or else, the battle mages were never here. They are only a fable, an allegory for the values that Septemora was built upon.

As their acolyte, you know better. You have stood in their temple, circled by seven stone statues. You have lit a candle at the feet of each, and marked their brows with myrrh.

You have descended alone into the crypt, where seven stone sarcophagi lay side-by-side, names carved in oldspeak runes onto their lids beneath seven mighty swords.

You have glanced over your shoulder to make sure the verger isn’t behind you, and lifted one of the swords in two shaking hands, startled at the wieldiness belied by its length.

You have run trembling fingers over the intricate ropework of its guard, knowing that within these twists of steel is woven the power to end an era, to build a nation, to change eternity.

And you have felt a surge of something white-hot and waiting, a steely power not laid to rest, but biding its time.

∴ Specs ∴

This enormous zweihander is based on an amalgam of originals, with a blade-forward weight that lends itself to sweeping blows and flowing arcs.

Being so long at 182.5cm, it was a challenge to bring all the elements together both aesthetically and in terms of feel. However, our client’s request for a ropework pattern on the rings became the element that pulled the look together. Chris hand-filed the texture into the rings and quillons using traditional techniques, and added complementary carvings to the pommel and quillon terminals.

With a 134.5cm blade and a thickness of 8mm, this sword has a much more pronounced pull than many more slender greatswords, but reflects the character of certain original zweihanders of similar proportions.

We are not currently taking orders for greatswords. Please see our pricing structure for an idea of what our custom swords cost.

  • Total length: 182.5cm
  • Blade length: 134.5cm
  • Blade width at shoulder: 4cm
  • Blade stock: 8mm
  • Quillon span: 36cm
  • Grip length: 39cm
  • Grip and pommel: 46cm
  • Grip to guard space: 6cm
  • Point of balance: 17cm
  • Weight: 3160g
  • Ambidextrous

∴ Notes ∴

The hand-forged and heat-treated guard and pommel are polished to a satin finish. The guard features downturned, round-section quillons with carved ball terminals, and rings to the front and back. The rings and quillons are hand filed with a ring and ropework motif. The scent stopper pommel has hand-carved swirling lines on it.

The oak grip is wrapped in linen thread, then in deep purple kidskin. The sword blade features three fullers to the ricasso, with the central one extending into the forte.

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