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5 1/2” total length. Wedge section blade with slightly curved back. Broad tang to secure it to the wood, bone or antler grip, now perished. Notably, the tang is thicker than the blade at its root, precluding a cross guard as is correct for this type. These side knives were among the most treasured possessions for Vikings and it they, rather than the large seax with which they were buried. A fine weapon, suitable for throat slashing as well as organ depth thrusting attacks. East Anglia was the landing place for Viking invaders. Virtually every old town in Cambridgeshire has a recorded Viking history. Vikings invaded Cambridge in 875, and in 870, the abbey near Soham was destroyed by Vikings, to mention two. Excavated and professionally conserved on Plexiglas display easel.