Crusader Functional Re-enactment Combat Sword c.1050 – c.1150

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This sword is a reproduction of a 11th-century sword artifact. The sword can be seen in the book Records of the Medieval sword (page 38) by Oakeshott. This style of sword is identified by the historian Ewart Oakeshott as sword typology Xa. The original sword is dated to between c.1050 – c.1100. 

Made from high carbon EN45 steel and tempered to a hardness 52-55, this is a functional re-enactment combat sword. The tang is one piece, unwelded. The sword measures 98cm with a blade length of 77.5cm. The hilt is 18.5cm is width, the blade is 4.5cm wide at the hilt with a striking edge of 3mm. The approximate weight of the sword is 1.6kg. Including the scabbard, the weight is approximately 2kg. The sword has a rounded tip which is a little more narrow than an Australian 1 cent coin.

The sword includes a leather scabbard with a wooden core.

Swords of this style are suitable for Norman or Crusader impressions between the mid-11th century to the mid-12th century.