Swords of war developed from the single-handed swords of Viking times and the early Middle Ages. One would be tempted to call this a longsword, but "proper" longswords came about 100-150 years later. The "sword of war" was the direct predecessor to the longsword, and basically was a muckin' big sword useful for cleaving through maille and light armor. The original of this particular sword of war is from circa 1100 - 1250, and it lives in the Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. The pommel, a faceted wheel, is a shape first encountered in the Leppaho Viking swords, a group of swords excavated from Viking graves dating from 980-1000. The straight crossguard is an early form which the Vikings referred to as Gaddhjalt [spike hilt]. The blade is designed for the primarily cut based style of fighting used during this period, and quite frankly, this sword is a cutter's dream. This version features a hardwood grip wrapped in leather, solid steel crossguard and pommel polished and fitted onto a full tang that is peened at top of the pommel for strength and durability. The scabbard is made from wood wrapped in leather, with a steel throat and chape. Made by Generation2.
length: 42 1/2"
blade: 34 1/2"
blade width: 2" wide at base
blade width: 1 1/8" wide at 2" from tip
grip and pommel: 7 1/2"
point of balance: 6 1/2" from guard
weight (sword): 3 lb 5.2 oz
weight (sword & scabbard): 4 lb 2.0 oz
A companion 12th century dagger is also available.