The transition from the Viking age spatha to the High Medieval sword took place between the 10th and 11th centuries. The main development was the growth of the front handguard into a full crossguard, and the reduction of the typical Viking-era lobated pommel into simpler wheel pommel.
This medieval sword is historically bound to the Normans because of its frequent appearance in the Bayeux Tapestry: an embroidery that depicts the Norman Conquest. The Norman battle ready Sword, classified as type Xa by Oakeshott’s typology, is fitted with a wheel pommel and straight guard.
The Normans (also called Northmen or Norsemen) were the descendants of the Scandinavian Vikings who raided the European coastal settlements at the outset of the 8th century. Despite the Norman’s conversion to Christianity and their adoption of Frankish way of life, the Normans retained many of the traits of their Germanic ancestors.
- Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel
- Dual Tempered HRc 60
- 48-50 at the core
- Fittings: Mild Steel
- Total length: 35″
- Blade length: 28″
- Blade width at base: 2″
- Weight: 2lbs. 6 oz.