Medieval knife with scabbard according to an excavated piece from Prague

Dated to 15th century

A knife scabbard with a pattern (and size) made according to an excavated piece from Old City Prague (Podliska 1996). The original was thrown away during 15th century. According to a description is the pattern cut into the surface of the scabbard. This style of divided fields on the scabbard that clearly divides the handle from the blade is quite standard around Europe in this era. This special pattern than has a close analogy in an excavated piece from Konstanz, DE (Schnack 1994). Asymetrical pattern helps with the orientation of the blade in the scabbard and safe manipulation within. (Volken 2020)

The scabbard is lined with parchment, which should protect the steel from corosion caused by chemicaly harch vegetable tanned leather used on the outer layer (not that necessary for modern tanned hides). The layered construction also gives better rigidity to the whole piece and adds luxurious detail :) There are not many linigs excavated on the period scabbards, as they decompose faster than vegetable tanned leather, but according to latest thesis of M. Volken were quite common part of these objects.

The knife itself is made by P. Skalský and J. Hawkwind Petřina and is made according to shapes and technologies used commonly during 13th to 15th century. This specific shape can be found in Dutch (Volken 2020), British (Cowgill 1987) and Polish (Wywrot - Wyszkowska 2017) context and probably also other places. The whittle tang knives were very characteristic for 13th and 14th century, and first in the second half of 14th century and in 15th century were put aside for scale tang knives. The blade is made out of common steel (not stainless... ) and the handle is secured in place by historically accurate glue. 

The scabbard is handsewn by a linnen thread out of vegetable tanned beef leather with goat parchment lining. The hanging loop is out of leaher too.

Overall length: 31cm

Length of the blade: 18cm

3,200.00 Kč
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