Al Massey/Jake Powning Anthropomorphic Sword
Original: Circa 2nd-1st century BC, no exact historical basis
This piece is loosely based upon an anthromorphic Class D sword in the British museum, original provenance Northern Italy. The Type D anthropomorphic hilt coincides roughly with the La Tène II period. Anthropomorphic swords of this period and class feature a very stylized representation of the human form where the "head" is a simple knob. The arms and legs form a deep "U" shape, and there is a median ridge in the hilt. The original, like virtually all anthropomorphic weapons to date, is small, measuring only about 20.5" overall.
This replica features a sharply pointed lentoid blade, in a leaf-shape forged of 5160 steel by Al Massey. The hilt is a single lost-wax casting made by Jake Powning. The palm ridge is incised with curvalinear designs based upon Irish Iron Age art from the Lisnacrogher find.
Overall length: 25.25"
Weight: 2.6 pounds
Width of guard: 4.5"
Blade: 19.75" long; 2.125" wide tapering to .625"
Hilt length: 4.25" to "crotch" 5.875" to "feet"
Point of Balance (PoB): 2.5" from guard
Maker: Al Massey and Jake Powning.