A koncerz (Lithuanian: Končiaras) is a type of sword used by Polish-Lithuanian hussars in the renaissance period. It is thin and long and generally used by a type of heavy cavalry (husaria) to go through an armour plate, but not to slash.

The koncerz originated from a medieval sword and appeared at the end of the 15th century when it was about 1.3m long, quite heavy and badly weighted. By the late 16th century it had increased in length to a typical 1.60m overall (1.40m blade) and was much better designed. The koncerz was a stabbing sword, used more like a spear and it provided a rider with a very long reach. It had no cutting edge, just a sharp pointed end, being triangular or square in cross section.

The closest western equivalent is a tuck or estoc.

External links

  • Polish Renaissance Warfare by S. A. Jasinski
  • Illustration of a Koncerz sword
  • Description of Koncerz
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