Manning Imperial Hod Hill Sword
Original: 1st century AD, British
Romano British spatha based upon the grave find near a Roman auxiliary camp in Hod Hill, Dorset, England. Likely 1st century AD, the original had a broad blade with little taper, which was broken toward the point end. The remnants of the blade were already longer than a standard gladiusthus the designation as a spatha. The original had mainly organic hilt, the remaining fittings were tinned bronze.
This reproduction features a short-ish, broad spatha blade of diamond section rendered in spring steel. The fittings are bronze/brass. The organic grip material is English Elm, chosen for its authenticity and split-resistance.
Scabbard is brass/bronze over timber, and is rendered in a somewhat composite style, mainly La Tène III in character but more angular and workmanlike in a Romanesque style.
Overall length: 34.875"
Weight: 2.6 pounds
Width of guard: 3.5"
Blade: 28.125" long; 2.0625" wide tapering to 1.5625"
Hilt length: 6.75"
Point of Balance (PoB): 6.875" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~19.5" from guard
Maker: Manning Imperial