Norman sword, early 12thC.
Early 12th century Norman sword.
This type of swords are related with Normans in Western Europe of 11th century and were used also by Crusaders in late 11th and 12th century.
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 1000mm
blade length 856mm
grip length 96mm
blade width 53mm
thickness: at the base 5mm
balance ca. 160mm
weight ca. 1250g