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The Mindelheim Sword represents a battle ready reconstruction of a Hallstatt C (800-650) sword of a horseman with high social status. This is the earliest sword-type in central Europe that was found in bronze and iron. As bronze isn’t a good choice for sword combat, this model could come in handy to many reenactors of the Bronze Age. The blade fullers are hand-ground. The blade tang is threaded and the nut is integrated in the end cap of the hilt. The riveted handle is made of beech or oak wood.
The version with the blunted blade is battle-ready.
Made in the Czech Republic.
In the case of hand-forged blade our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it with hand on the anvil or under the monkey (drop hammer). By forging becomes the steel more compacted (denser). Industrially rolled spring steel blades are made by cutting steel plate into strips under drop shears. Then they are ground or milled/grooved and without further forging directly put into the annealing furnace and hardened in oil bath. The qualities of both kinds of blades do not differ from each other much since the industrial rolling is already very good. On forged blades usually have forge traces, which give them an authentic and unique look.