Norman Rider sword, 12thC.
Early 12th century Norman sword - with his twin 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.
One side: I I I + I I I
overall length 1035mm
blade length 889mm
grip length 94mm
blade width 51mm
thickness: at the base 4,5mm
balance ca. 185mm
weight ca. 1206g