The “great sword”, or “long sword”, was an oversized sword with a hilt large enough to be held in two hands; the German term Zweihänder alludes to this, and this larger hilt may be deemed the sword’s identifying characteristic [Stone 643]. It was favored by the German Landsknechte of the 16th Century, and therefore has also been blazoned in the Society, more fully, as a “landesknecht’s greatsword”. We have no examples of its use, so blazoned, in period heraldry. Cf. claymore.
Eloise of Lancaster bears: Argent, a wingless dragon gules entwined around a landsknecht’s great sword sable, on a chief gules three fleurs-de-lys Or.
Kirsten Maria Matz bears: Purpure, a great sword bendwise sinister inverted between two roundels Or, each charged with a penguin statant proper.