Norman sword, 12thC.
Early 12th century Norman sword.
This type of swords are related with Normans in Western Europe of 11-12th century, also during Crusades.
This sword is based on some few original examples dated to late 11th / early 12th century. It has short and tight grip, big 'brazil nut' type pommel and slightly down-curved crossguard, which makes it not very common type but historical accurate.
Blade is long and this may be a sword for using from a horse back. It is balanced forward to provide strong cutting with wide blade. Balance in this sword is in quite typical range for this type and period.
The wrapping on the grip XXXX is based on some few medieval remains of this style handle. This is very comfortable grip, wrapping makes it more secure and stable, in my opinion, when cutting and hitting in some shields or helmets.
overall length 1020mm
blade length 880mm
grip length 97mm
blade width 52mm
thickness: at the base 4,5mm
balance ca. 180mm
weight ca. 1200g
'Sword & scabbard arrived safe & sound. One scary gouge mark on the package, but whatever inflicted it was safely absorbed by your foam packing material.
This is very definitely a horseman's sword, designed for slashing at opponents on foot or on horseback. The etched symbols on the blade are perfect. The sword is now hanging in the center of my wall full of A++ quality swords. I like your blade polishing, which falls between the shine of Albion blades and the satin of Arms & Armor swords. '