This arming sword was dredged from the River Witham near Lincoln in 1788, and was likely made between 1250 and 1300. (English workers have pulled a lot of swords from that river over the years, like this 10th century viking sword. The inscription on the blade reads: +NDXOXCHMDRCHDXORVI+ ; and as far as I've been able to research, no one has any really good ideas on what that means. ("Welcome to Jamaica, mon, have a nice day"?)
This reproduction features a strong sharp blade made from 1566 high carbon and manganese steel (a type that is ofen used for cutting-competition katanas) with a full tang peened through the disc pommel, a leather covered hardwood grip, steel fittings, and a matching leather/wood/steel scabbard.
length: 37 7/8"
blade: 31 1/4"
blade width: 1 3/4" at guard
blade width: 1 3/16" at 2" from tip
gripi and pommel: 6"
leather wrap: 3 1/2"
balance point: 6 1/4"
weight (sword): 3 lb 3.0 oz
weight (sword and scabbard): 3 lb 14.0 oz