ANCIENT VIKING SIDE OR POUCH KNIFE, 9th-10th C.AD
The small personal knives that Vikings valued above the scramseax and with which they were buried. Proportioned for throat-slashing in a hand-to-hand fight. This example is just over 3 1/8" in length with a thick thin or bone grip. (See https://leatherworkingreverend.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/dsc01382.jpg and https://inhabitat.com/melting-glaciers-reveal-items-lost-in-the-stone-age/ for similar examples with original grips.) Made without a guard as it was an extension of the fist and not used to parry a knife thrust. Professionally conserved excavated condition on Plexiglas display stands with a certification of authenticity.
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