This sword has a blade of 28 1/2" length (not including the tang) and flat, unfullered section. The shoulders characteristic inside curvature accommodate an opened omega shaped guard. See Records of the Medieval Sword, Oakeshott pages 19-21 for a discussion and illustrations of these precursors to the knightly broadsword. Swords of this type are represented in many public collections, particularly in Scandinavia where soil conditions are conducive to their preservation. This example, as with virtually all examples of the period has been excavated but is exceptionally sound in profile and body with areas of the original surfaces showing through.