Nieuwegein Sword, 12thC
Nieuwegein Sword reconstruction. 12th century.
Finished reconstruction of the archaeological find made at the Klooster business park in Nieuwegein, Netherlands.
Inscriptions on the blade:
+ GICELIN ME FECIT +
+ IN NOMINE DOMINI +
This is a very faithful reconstruction based on all available data directly from the archeological source. Even the handle was recreated according to the original remains: beech wood, wrapped with leather and then linen twone which was removed after dry leaving a characteristic dents.
This process I will show you and describe in a separate post.
Also, all the minor imperfections (intentional or not) such as: twist of the pommel, tilt of the pommel to one side (result of hole in the pommel, not in axis), etc., have been reproduced faithfully.
All the dimensions are exactly the same as the original sword.
Characteristics and handling
This is a perfectly representative example of the specific group of one-handed swords with very long blades, dated to 1050-1250. Handling a one-handed sword with such a long blade is surprisingly easy, the sword is perfectly balanced, allows not only wide sweeping cuts, but also the use of fencing techniques. We do not feel the weight of 1500g in one hand, thanks to the balance of the sword with a massive pommel.
It seems that such a sword worked well in the hand of a rider as well as an infantryman.
The weight of the find is 1433g and the additional 70g is for the handle and leather, also some natural loss of steel, though not much.
total length 1180mm
blade length 1005mm
blade width 48mm
blade thickness at the base 6mm