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Leaf-Shaped Winged Spearhead, approx. 43.5 cm

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Leaf-Shaped Winged Spearhead, approx. 43.5 cm

The leaf-shaped spearhead was a recurring design throughout the history of the spear. Used as early as in the Bronze Age, it came in the most various styles across many eras and cultures – from Antiquity to the Viking Age to well into the Middle Ages.

The so-called winged or lugged spear, which was mostly used as a thrusting weapon and often gets associated with the Norsemen, is actually of Frankish Carolingian origin. Adopted by the Vikings, it continued to see service as both a war spear and a hunting spear (so-called boar spear, specifically designed for wild boar and big game hunting) well into the high Middle Ages. Both on the battlefield and in hunting, the wings or lugs on either side of the socket were designed to prevent over-penetration in a strike, which would have made it more difficult to pull the spear out. They also provided an effective means of parrying enemy blows in the melee, and offered an additional level of control and protection from an injured, frantic animal.

The winged spearhead with leaf-shaped blade we offer here is crafted from tempered EN45 high carbon steel. In terms of design, it strongly resembles the Carolingian spearheads commonly used by warriors and huntsmen in the early Middle Ages, and is thus ideally suited for Viking and medieval settings (ca. 8th/9th to 11th/12th c.). It is approx. 43.5 cm (17.25 in.) long, and its approx. 34 cm (13.4 in.) long blade is reinforced with a distinctive, raised ridge along its centre line for extra rigidity and greater piercing power. The protruding lugs are approx. 4 mm thick. Two pre-drilled holes allow it to be secured onto the wooden staff of your choice to create your own spear. The haft and additional mounting hardware are not included in the delivery.

Alternatively, collectors may purchase our wooden spearhead stand (available separately, product no. 1816375000) to display their treasures in style in their armoury.

Please note that this spearhead is primarily designed as a collectible, decoration piece or prop and by no means suited for combat re-enactment! The blade’s point is not rounded, and the edges are not sharpened, yet slightly ground (with suitable equipment and the necessary know-how and skills, they may be ground to sharpness if needed).

Details:
- Material: tempered EN45 spring steel (high carbon steel, not stainless)
- Overall length (incl. socket): approx. 43.5 cm
- Blade length: approx. 34 cm
- Max. blade width: approx. 5.5 cm
- Width at wings: approx. 11 cm
- Blade thickness: approx. 5 mm
- Length of socket: approx. 9.5 cm
- Inner diameter of socket: approx. 2.6 cm
- Weight: approx. 600 g

Specs may slightly vary from piece to piece.

The steel used here is not rust-proof and might show slight surface tarnishing in places. We recommend you to maintain the spearhead on a regular basis, for example using Ballistol Universal Oil, which is ideally suited for steel care.

Please note:
We do not sell this product to customers under the age of 18. Please provide your birth date when ordering. We'll also need a copy of your ID-card or passport by email, scan, fax or mail.

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