River Witham Sword, museum replica

The original of this sword was found in the river Witham, near Lincoln. It is now exhibited in the British Museum.

The exact dating of the sword is uncertain. The blade of the original could have been made in Germany, which was the centre of blade manufacture in Europe at this time. The original blade is inlaid with gold wire to form an inscription, our version has substituted the gold wire by hand-engraving into the steel. The inscription of probable Viking origin (+NDXOXCHMDRCHDXORVI+) has not been deciphered so far.

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River Witham Sword of a wealthy man, about 1250-1330, museum replica

Specifications of the River Witham Sword:

  • Total length: 960 mm
  • Blade length: 815 mm
  • Guard length: 165 mm
  • Blade width at guard: 58 mm
  • Blade width at 5 cm from point: 24 mm
  • Sharp blade! (Not suitable for re-enactment, live action, stage combat etc.)
  • Weight of the photographed replica 1542g
  • Blade of spring steel W.Nr. 1.7102 (DIN 54SiCr6) quenched to a hardness of approx. 53 HRC

Made in the Czech Republic.

Please note this is a hand-made replica, the exact specs slightly differ from piece to piece.

The unusual well-honed blade has two fullers running parallel down its length on each side. The cross-shaped hilt is characteristic of swords of this period and is associated with Christianity.

Please read also our: Directions for the use of bladed weapons.

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What is the difference between industrially rolled and hand-forged blades?

In the case of hand-forged blades, our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it by hand on the anvil or under the drop hammer. The steel gets more solid (denser) by forging. In the case of industrially rolled spring steel blades, the sheets of steel plate is cut to strips under drop snips, then ground or milled and immediately forged into the annealing furnace and oil-quenched. The properties of both kinds of steels are not very different, since industrial rolling is already very good! On forged blades are usually blacksmith marks, which give them an authentic and unique look.

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