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Fetter Lane Anglo-Saxon Sword - Damascus Steel


This exquisite example of an 8th century Anglo-Saxon sword is based on the surviving parts of an original found in Fetter Lane, London in the 19th century and now on display in the British Museum.

Such a highly crafted sword would be reserved for the elite of Anglo-Saxon society. The grip is decorated on both sides. On one side a spiral of four snakes separated by undulating leafy stems, the other a spread-eagled beast with gaping jaws in profile encircles its body with its zoomorphic tail, against a background of leafy shoots. The pommel cap, riveted into place like the original, features a central element decorated with a formalised tendril pattern, on one side alternating with bird heads. The hilt is constructed from antiqued brass with tin plated fittings that shine like silver. The blade was formed by twisting bars of steel around each other, welding the bars together by hammering and then repeating the process to create this distinct chevron pattern.

The leather bound wooden scabbard features antiqued brass fittings and a suspension loop allowing it to be fastened to a belt of baldric.

Total length: 93.3 cm
Blade length: 78.5 cm
Grip length: 8.5 cm
Weight: 1.45 kg
Blade thickness (base): 4.5 mm
Blade thickness (CoP): 3.1 mm
Blade width (base)4.6 cm
Point of Balance (PoB): 9.8 cm
Blade: EN45 High Carbon Steel
Edge: Blunt
Pommel: Nut and Riveted
Scabbard: Leather, Wood, Brass

All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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Living History

Stock Status: In stock

Excl. Tax: £342.50 Incl. Tax: £411.00

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Excl. Tax: £342.50 Incl. Tax: £411.00



Damascus 8thC. Middle Anglo Saxon Sword

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Brand Deepeeka
Product Use Display, Living History
Edge Blunt
Specification .


Fantastic ValueReview by Matthew
Yes, I know it is expensive compared to many other swords but believe me it is worth every penny. I bought this sword for my collection as I did not own a sword in Damascus steel. This blade is so beautiful to look at and give this sword a lot of personality. No wonder the literature of the period reflects this in the portrayal of swords. The hilt is a marvellous example of quality casting. I have looked at it carefully and it is flawless. Compare it to the real one on the British Museum website, you will see what I mean.
A sword is more than its individual parts, the fit is very good too. The hilt is perfectly aligned with the blade, not off centre or twisted. The sword fits in the scabbard very well.
As for handling, it is blade heavy, the weight being towards the top end for such a sword. Still historically acceptable though. I did not buy sharpened and to be quite honest why would you? I certainly would not wish to risk damaging this beautiful blade. The sword sits well in the hand whether you are using hammer or handshake grip. I thought being metal and an odd shape to many other grips it would not. It works surprisingly well though.
The Knight Shop service was excellent, with good communication. It was the first time I have used The Knight Shop and it will not be the last.
(Posted on 05/08/2023)
Superb reproductionReview by Daniel
I had to wait a few weeks for my Damascus Fetter lane sword to arrive as it was out of stock when I ordered it, however it was well worth the wait. i was, literally, overwhelmed when I removed the packaging. I have bought Damascus swords before, and sometimes it is difficult to tell if they are properly folded steel, or if it is just an acid etched print on the blade, however there was no doubt, in this case that, that an awful lot of time and effort has been put into authentically folding the steel to produce very authentic looking pattern welded Damascus steel. The blade is well shaped into typical blade profile, for a sword of this time, and not too thick as I was worried it might have been. There is no distal taper in the blade, however swords of this period would have had very little or no distal taper, so again adds to its accuracy of reproduction. As with other Deepeeka swords of this type, it features an accurate reproduction of the hilt construction with a two part riveted pommel. It is a blade heavy slashing weapon (as it should be). Some swords of this type tend to have longer grips than the originals would have had, however this one is fairly short and feels compact in the hand as the original would have been. The patterning on the hilt is beautifully done and true to the original - although only the top part of the hilt exists of the original and we can only assume what it would have looked like - and Deepeeka have done a wonderful job of predicting this. As the original has no blade we don't really know if it would have been pattern welded, although these types of blades existed at this time, and if it were to have one, it would have been an extremely fine sword belonging to a high ranking member of Anglo Saxon society. Again, the original has no scabbard, as they very rarely survived, but Deepeeka have done a good job of creating a very authentic looking, leather bound wood core scabbard, with a nice authentic wooden suspension loop.
Outstanding value for money at this price point. (Posted on 29/04/2021)

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