Celtic Sword - La Tene Culture c.250BC

Celtic Sword - La Tene Culture c.250BC - Hand Forged Blade


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    The overall appearance is visually striking, and the sword is easily identifiable as a version of a La Tene sword. The carving of the wood on the hilt components is very nicely done, and the fit between the wood parts and bronze is generally very good. With its mostly wooden hilt components, it is no surprise that this sword is weighted like a cutter, having a great deal of blade presence. The 50% distal taper of the blade does help keep the blade presence from being overwhelming. This sword should have decent thrusting ability due to its diamond cross-section, though that ability will always be secondary to its ability in the cut. The blade actually flexes very little. Even after working up a minor sweat while cutting, the grip did not become slippery. Cutting is easy with this sword. Its short length and distribution of weight make it well-suited to short chops.

    A typical Celtic sword of this period is somewhat slender, with a lenticular or diamond blade cross-section. A minority of blades in this period sport a double or triple fullered blade. Blades are generally parallel for much of their length, slowly and gracefully curving to a point. Despite the comments of Classical authors like Polybius and Livy (often repeated without question by modern history writers), a large number of the swords of this period have a very serviceable thrusting point. In virtually all Celtic sword finds, the organic (bone, wood, horn, etc.) hilt and grip materials are non-existent. What is left is a bell-shaped iron (or, more rarely, bronze) plate at the blade's shoulders and a small discoid washer at the tang tip over which the tang is peened (referred to as a pommel button). The shape of the organic hilt can be guessed at, however, by numerous period sources—funerary stelae, friezes, limestone statues, or terracotta figurines—and the occasional rare find where more decorative metallic components exist. The shape that emerges is a guard that curves to fit the shaped shoulder plate, and a pommel section that is "lobed". The pommel is shown as having two (or more infrequently, three) rounded symmetrical shapes. Archaeological evidence suggests that the scabbards were completely smooth metal receptacles.


    Measurements and Specifications:

    • Weight: 1 pound, 14 ounces.
    • Overall length: 34 1/2 inches.
    • Blade length: 28 1/2 inches.
    • Blade width: 1.9 inches at base.
    • Grip length: 3 1/2 inches.
    • Guard width: 2 3/4 inches.
    • Point of Balance: 7 3/4 inches from guard.
    • Centre of Percussion: 20 1/4 inches from guard.




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