Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Morava - Olomoucký kraj - Czech Republic
Finally to return to the main topic, I think in Colin's images its quite clear his blade was remounted because of a tang issue or break. The blade clearly terminates before entering the hilt which means the plates were necessary to facilitate a forte and form a tang.
I've attached an image with a little tweaking to hopefully make clear what I mean/see.