Dated to 13th - 14th century
Knife with scabbard with a pattern and size made according to an excavated piece from Schleswig DE (Schnack 1998). The wavy upper edge is quite unique in comparison to other pieces of the era, but the rest of the decoration is quite standard compared to other period pieces and has its analogies also in other countries (Netherlands, England, Poland... ) Asymetrical decoration on the handle helps with the orientation of the knife in the scabbard and safe manipulation (Volken 2020). The original piece has the slits for hanging strap oriented also untypicaly in upright direction, but we placed them horizontaly which is more common and it is clear how to use them.
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: 34cm
Length of the blade: 20cm