Iconic form with its Frankish roots evident. 9 1/4” length with 7 3/8” heavy wedge section blade with gracefully clipped point. Both sides of the blade with substantial original surfaces preserved, the right more complete. The tapered “whittle” tang more heavily rusted as it was embedded in a wood grip which retained cyclical moisture. Classic form and very superior condition with its fine edge nearly as when used. These were side knives for close combat battle used for thrusting and slashing. Throat slashing was a favorite Viking tactic in hand-to-hand fighting as its results were immediate, freeing the warrior to defend against other threats.