Tod's Stuff Medieval Knife
Original: England, late 14th to early 15th century
A belt knife was a common implement for men of the 14th and 15th centuries. Useful for a variety of chores as well as eating and emergency self-defense, they would have been carried by members of all the social classes.
This knife features a steel blade, decorated with a groove and maker's mark on one side (as was typical) as well as with file work and punched dots and squares on the spine. The simple boxwood grip is decorated with groups of dots made with soot and glue. A brass cone sits between the grip and the peened end of the tang.
The sheath draws inspiration from surviving specimens. The floral designs on its front are very similar to fleur de lis
designs seen on a surviving sheath. It is also incised with lines around the front and with slashes on the back for decoration. It can be hung from a belt via the leather thong.
Inspired by surviving knives and fragments from the banks of the Thames River housed in The Museum of London
, Dept. of Urban Archaeology.
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Overall length: 9"
Weight: .2 pounds
Blade: 5" long; .875" wide tapering to .75"
Grip and pommel: 3.875"
Maker: Tod's Stuff
of Oxford, United Kingdom.