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Viking Swords

The Viking Sword

To a Viking the sword was the mark of a warrior. They were difficult to create, rare and expensive. Swords became in most cases, heirlooms. They were named and passed from father to son for generations, and if lost was a catastrophe.
Viking swords were generally double edged and both edges of the blade were sharp. They were single handed weapons with the other hand holding a shield. Blades were usually from 60 to 90cm (24-36 in) long, though some were slightly longer. Late in the Viking era, swords grew as long as 100cm (40in). The blade was generally 4-6cm wide (1.5-2.3in). The hilt and pommel weight balanced the blade, with the overall weight of the weapon totaling 2-4 lbs. (1-2 kg). Typical Viking swords weigh in at the lower end of this range. A small taper in the blade helped bring the center of balance nearer to the grip. The tip of the blade came to a shallow point, which, instead of being acute, was usually somewhat rounded. The rounded tip is stronger than a sharp point, however no less effective for thrusting into an opponent.

CAS Hanwei Practical Viking Sword

CAS Hanwei Practical Viking Sword

The blade is from 1065 high-carbon steel, hardened to 50HRC, which restricts edge-notching to acceptable levels while providing resilience and protection against brittleness. While the blade is substantial, it is fullered to provide balance and good handling characteristics. It feature 1/16 inch wide edges and rounded tips for safety. The tangs are also substantial, with radius corners at the blade shoulders and no welds. The end of the tang is riveted over the pommel, which both eliminates any possibility of inadvertent disassembly. The hardwood grips are leather-covered. The scabbard is in glass-filled resin, to eliminate swelling and to minimize blade corrosion problems, with belt rings that adjust to allow vertical or horizontal carry. The wood-grain finish is attractive, but most re-enactors will decorate the scabbard to match their persona. The practical Viking sword is based on our godfred sword, whose design originated in 9th century Scandinavia. The lobate pommel and down-turned guard are typical of Viking swords of the period, as is the broad blade with its deep, full-length fullers. The sword is well-balanced and, with a weight slightly over 2 lbs., it is very quick.

Medieval Warrior 9th Century Viking Sword

Medieval Warrior 9th Century Viking Sword

This is a 9th Century Full Tang Viking Sword, made from Oil Tempered, High Carbon Steel Blade, Brass Nut and Pommel with a Wooden Scabbard with Brass Trimmings. Fully Functional and Battle Ready.

Sugoi Steel Ulfbert Ragnarok Viking Sword

Sugoi Steel Ulfbert Ragnarok Viking Sword

Forged into the perfect shape and profile with a rich and deep fuller, hammered and tempered for purity and hardness, this 1060 high carbon spring steel sword is made for action. It is full sized and an accurate representation of a sword carried by the Norse giants of Scandinavia and other parts of northern Europe. The tang of the blade extends past the pommel and is then hammer forged into the pommel, ensuring a well built sword.

Darksword Armory 11th Century Viking Sword

Darksword Armory 11th Century Viking Sword

This is a beautiful sword. Made with 5160 High Carbon Steel with differential hardening of 60 Rockwell at the edge and 50 at the core. The fittings are all bronze. It has a full tang and is battle ready. Darksword Armory’s Medieval Swords are individually hand forged in North America to look, feel and perform as the originals. Contrary to their reputation in popular culture as brutish thugs, the Norsemen (Vikings) were skilled combatants who constantly sought to perfect the art of war. Nowhere is that more evident than in the swords this incredible culture was able to produce. Powerful slashing weapons that struck fear into anyone on the wrong end, Viking swords could also be works of art of startling beauty – with handles and fittings covered in knotwork and designs that showed the hidden depths to their rich culture.

Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques

Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques book

The Vikings are the most famous raiders of medieval Europe. Despite the exciting and compelling descriptions in the Icelandic sagas and other contemporary accounts that have fueled this interest, we know comparatively little about Viking age arms and armor as compared to weapons from other historical periods. We know even less about how the weapons were used. Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques provides an introduction to the arms and armor of the people who lived in Northern Europe during the Viking age, roughly the years 793–1066. Using a variety of available sources, including medieval martial arts treatises, and illustrated with images of historical artifacts, battle sites, and demonstrations of Viking weapons, the author and his colleagues have reconstructed the combat techniques of the Viking age and what is known about the defensive and offensive weapons of the time in general.

 
 
 

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