Celtic Sword La Tene Culture C.250bc - Hand Forged, Hardwood Grip, En45 Steel For Sale
Celtic La Tene Sword
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The "Celts" and "Celtic" are modern categorical terms used by archaeologists and historians to describe a group of loosely associated ancient tribes that flourished in the ancient Pre-Christian Europe. These "barbarian" peoples were contemporaries of the Greek and Roman civilizations, and like those ancient cultures, made their presence known across much of Western Europe: from Spain to Turkey and from Britain to Northern Italy. The Celtic tribes were known by having a similar set of languages and dialects, and similar cultural norms, mores, and customs.
Additionally, the Celtic peoples were known for having broad similarities in their physical culture: the artefacts they left behind. Although there were regional variances, it is possible to identify a "Celtic" style of sword for a given time period. The various phases of the Celtic culture are categorized by the major archaeological find sites, and are then further sub-categorized.
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.
We have recreated a sword named after the famous find site of La Tene in Switzerland where dozens of Celtic swords were found preserved at the bottom of Lake Neuchatel. This particular sword is designated a La Tene II or Middle La Tene—that is, it is typical of Celtic swords throughout Europe in the La Tene II period. This period roughly dates from 250 BC to about 100 BC. The blade style recreated here would be particularly fitting for the Second Punic War era.
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
The overall appearance is visually striking, and the sword is easily identifiable as a version of the La Tene II 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.
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This is not a mass-produced blade stamped out of sheet metal, it's 100% guaranteed hand forged. The blade is shaped and delicately curved; created with time honoured classic sword making ingredients: hammer, anvil, fire and sweat - traditionally fired, shaped and polished by skilled artisans. This sword doesn’t just look good in the photo – it will actually look and feel good in your hand. The serious collector should aim for no less than hand-forged blades. Factory-made blades are commonplace, but useless for combat. Even blades factory-produced from 5160 steelare often riddled with slag inclusions. In March 2009,a noted Australian sword expert dismantled and tested one of our standard swords. Hewrote: “I was very impressed with its flex- it almost bends to 90 degrees and snaps back without deforming.”
R With Scabbard
Supplied with a unique, custom made,steel scabbard. As per archaeological finds, which have indicated that Celtic swords were thus sheathed.
R High Carbon Steel
We use a traditional bellows-driven charcoal forge to heat the steel,hammering it into shape and then tempering it to perfection. The end result of these efforts is "Living Steel" - a high carbon steel blade(EN45 steel) that is exceptionally flexible, very strong, and has the potential to hold an exceptionally sharp edge.
R Correct Finish
The blade’s steel is not inappropriately shiny with a mirror finish, but has the authentic bright-gray subdued sheen favoured by enthusiasts.
R Clear Pricing Policy
We do not mix ridiculously low prices with extortionate “postage”. The price you see is the price you pay – delivered to your door (Australia). Our international air mail fee is less than US$25.00 (below cost) with further 50% reductions for multiple purchases.
R No Fuss Returns Policy
If you are less than delighted with your purchase, return it to us within seven days, and we will furnish you with a full refund – no questions asked. If the sword arrives damaged, return it to us within seven days, and we will send you another. If you pay by PayPal, your sword is automatically insured against loss. Additional postal insurance is available for $5.00.
USA & CANADA: If you are ordering from the United States or Canada, you will finddealing with us to be quick and hassle-free. There will be no customs intervention or paperwork, andyour purchaseshould be delivered to your door (air mail) in less than two weeks. Our postal fees are often below cost, so youmay be pleasantly surprised at how inexpensiveour shipping charges are. Please checkout the positive responsewe have received from dozens of satisfied U.S. clients.
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Like all good swords, this one is not made of modern stainless steel, and will eventually show signs of rust if not maintained. Maintenance is easy: simply keep the blade lightly oiled. Twenty years of sword exposure has taught me that any kind of light to medium weight oil will do. The oils used in gun care, such as RemOil and Ballistol, will work very well. So will ordinary sewing machine oil or even mineral oil. The "less is often more" adage applies as well. The sword does not need to drip with your oil of choice. This can, in fact, only serve to attract dust that in itself carries moisture. Unless one lives in a very humid Environment a light coat of oil, with a quick wipe down after handling, should be sufficient. I personally use a very old rag that has been soaked with various types of oil over the years for the purposes of wiping down. Unless debris needs to be removed from the blade after a cutting session this method has worked well for me. Many people advocate the use of compounds such as Renaissance Wax. These products do have merit and do well on swords that don't see frequent handling. For a sword that will be played with, I mean trained with, frequently I find that a quick wipe down with an oily rag is much more convenient. The scabbard should be considered a transportation and wearing device rather than an article designed for permanent storage. A scabbard can create a pocket of humid air around the blade, or act as a moisture trap, which is unhealthy in the long term. If oxidation occurs, usually in the form of small black spots, use Meguire’s Hot Rims Mag & Aluminium Polish for first class results – available in Australia, the UK, Netherlands and the USA.
The sword's grip can be cared for in a number of ways. Most leather grips have been covered with leather that has been shrunk to fit with beeswax or something similar. The resulting covering is tight and free of give. Products such as Neat's-foot oil may be used. If chosen they should, however, be used sparingly so as not to loosen the fit of the leather. Products such as Saddle Soap or Kiwi Leather Lotion are much preferred to oil based preservatives. These will not loosen the leather over time and will provide protection from the elements. When it gets down to it a leather grip covering requires little maintenance. If it starts to look shabby and worn then it should receive attention, otherwise it is best left alone. A wire grip really requires nothing more than an occasional buffing with steel wool to keep it looking good. Grips of Bone or Ivory should be left alone. If cleaning is required an application of lemon juice should be sufficient to whiten the surface. Wooden grips, if made from stabilized woods require little maintenance.
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