River Witham Sword, British Museum
Sword based on the original from British Museum, London, UK, early 13th century.
This sword was found within the River Witham near London. The museum dating is circa 1100-1150 but I would move it around 1200-1240. It has double fullers and the famous inscription with two cross potents and the small crescent moon at the fullers end.
All proprtions and measurements are very close to the original sword.
The River Witham sword weight 1210g and has no grip. I claimed the total weight of the new made sword was circa 1260-1280g.
I`m pretty happy with this reconstruction, especially about mass distribution and how it handles. It is not a simple sword, it requires a lot of consciousness and experience to make it correctly. Blade cross-sections are variable and tricky here. Certainly a good swordsmith made it in the Middle Ages, and it certainly served well.
total length 962mm
blade length 808mm
blade width 59mm