The River Witham sword is a particularly well-preserved 12th Century sword which is in the care of the British Museum; it was originally found near the River Witham near Lincoln, in England. The sword was a masterful work in its heyday, as evidenced by its dual-fullered blade design coupled with copious amounts of beautifully and meticulously inlaid inscription and symbols on both sides of the blade. The blade was most likely Germanic in origin and forged in central Europe and likely sold as a bare blade which was then matched with a hilt by an English cutler to suit local tastes.
It is not known for sure what the inscription means, but the similarity of its inscription with other swords of similar age go so far as to suggest that it had its origins from a premium swordmaker or swordmaking workshop which was producing fine quality blades for the nobility and elites who were willing to pay not only for a fine blade, but also for substantial amounts of inscription and inlay which were a popular feature on swords being created around the year 1200. One side of the River Witham sword has what may be good luck symbols, and the other side is likely abbreviated Latin in the form of a prayer, or an invocation to a Saint for protection.
This replica has a blade of high carbon steel which was tempered to 48-52 HRc in hardness. The blade is durably mounted and peened over the pommel for a solid overall construction. The crossguard and pommel are crafted from steel and the grip is wood which is bound in tight leather cord. The sword is matched with a wooden scabbard which is bound in stitched vegetable tanned leather of high quality. The scabbard is finished with steel fittings and hanging rings which allow for it to be worn both vertically and at an angle from a sword belt. (belt not included).