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A pommel is a counterweight added to the end of a sword. Predominately iron or steel but also of bronze and even precious metals and crystal are known at various times.

Pommels might have incised or inlaid decorations but this is very rare after about the 11th century.

The equivalent end of a dagger might also be termed a pommel.

Sword Pommel Shapes

Replica Viking hilts showing cocked hat and lobed pommels.

The shapes vary considerably. Some examples of types are mentioned below:

Replica 15th arming sword with fishtail pommel.