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Ballintober type sword

Original
 
Found: UK
Age: middle bronzeage

The Ballintober type sword was the first british/irish leafbladed sword meant for cutting, rather then thrusting like the rapiers. The leafblade style was copied from continental swords like the Hemigkofen and the Erbenheim type swords.

Finished sword
 
Here's the finished sword. The blade I cast with Neil Burridge for the Bronze Sword Festival of 2006 (see more information on Neil's site). The edges are hardened and beveled, and the blade given an overal polish. The hilt is from yew wood. No hilts are known from Ballintober sword. I based the shape on hilts of similar swords from the same period, of which bronze hilted examples are known.