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Viking Ulfberht

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Overall Length: 35-3/4"

Blade Length: 30-1/4"

Blade Width: 2-1/8"

Blade Thickness:

Weight: 3 lbs

Grip Length:

Point of Balance:

Steel: 1065 High Carbon

Edge: Unsharpened

Sharpening: Available

Engraving: Available

Copied from a sword shown in Ian Pierce’s book Swords of the Viking Age

An old legend has it that a Nordic smith named Ulfberht developed the first all steel blade. This crucial development achieved near-mythical status among warriors, making this one of the most important swords in the study of medieval weapons. Several of these blades from slightly different time periods exist, some engraved in gratitude and reverence with Ulfberht’s hallowed name.

Prior to the Ulfberht swords, all European swords were of the pattern welded variety. Soft iron bars were welded together with strips of steel, forged into a blade shape, then a steel edge was welded onto the sword. But, the Ulfberht sword was a quantum leap in both technology and design. Made not of strips, but good carbon steel blades with enough carbon content to produce excellent swords. The design of the sword was also an improvement. The blade tapered more sharply to the point than did previous blades. This put the balance of the sword closer to the hand, making a sword that was faster on both the stroke and recovery than previous blades.

The etchings on both sides of our blade are copied exactly so that our reproduction is identical, warts and all. Made of high carbon steel (actually better than the original) it is beautifully balanced. The grip is wood wrapped with leather. The stout crossguard is steel and the pommel is of the Brazil nut shape that was quite popular at the time, both with Vikings and the rest of Europe. A beautiful and important sword. Comes with scabbard. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts. Can be sharpened for an additional fee.

Customer Reviews

(14 reviews)
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I'm very happy with the Windlass Ulfberht sword. Another A+ for the team at MRL.
Reviewed by Christopher  T
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I'd been wanting this sword for a long time, and finally sprang for it. The quality, fit and finish are a steal for the money. I had mine sharpened, and it is a wicked piece of work. The scabbard is sturdy and attractive. The grip is comfortable and does not slip. The pommel is nicely peened and polished, and helps to provide a secure grasp. The cross guard is my only complaint- the channel where the blade passes through could be much smaller. The blade itself is beautifully polished, and holds a razor edge. The weapon is solid and sturdy, with a nice heft to it and a good balance.
Reviewed by John  H
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I love it! It is everything I hoped for.
Reviewed by Ty  N
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Unique taper and shape at the tip of the blade. Rounded, rather than straight up pointy. The etching on the blade is nicely done and dark. This is not too heavy or poorly balanced, so its easy for me to use one-handed without discomfort. The leather wrapped grip is firm, and feels good in the hand; its not slippery at all. Very happy with this sword, highly recommended.
Reviewed by Jeffrey  F
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Very nice, just a little less on fit and finish but beautiful and the sharpening service was great.
Reviewed by Ken  H
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I received my sword yesterday, and I am happy with my sword! It feels wonderful in my hands and looks it too. I think she is a very accurate sword of that era.
Reviewed by Michael  W
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The sword was a gift for my adult son. He said, "Best.Gift.EVER."
Reviewed by Linda  C
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Very solid weapon. The counter weight could be a little heavier to balance the blade.
Reviewed by Steven  R
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I just received it today fast shipping, I'm very happy .
Reviewed by Larry  F
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It's a slight bit on the heavy side and the crossguard is a bit chunky, but overall I really like this sword. It feels really good in the hand and I like the balance. Where it is having problems is the "+ulfberht+" etching. After just a couple of weeks the part of the etching by the crossguard is starting to rub off from the scabbard. Otherwise, this would easily be a 4-star sword. I will avoid using the scabbard in the future. The people kvetching about the spelling of "+ulfberht+" are getting bad info from an otherwise pretty good TV documentary. The important feature was the quality of the steel, not the spelling that the illiterate smith used. There are multiple spelling variations and reverse marks for "true" ulfberht swords. The oldest existing genuine example we have is misspelled "+ulfbeht+". For the price, this sword is a good replica of the original, judging by the photos from the Pierce book.
Reviewed by Andrew  C
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If you are hoping for this sword to be 100% historically correct then you will be disappointed but if you hoping for this sword to be well made, then you are in for a treat. The balance is great. The grip, guard and pommel are well put together. As far as the quality of the sword goes, this is a great sword. If you aren't picky about historical accuracy, then this is the sword you will want in your collection. Great sword.
Reviewed by David  J
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I just received this sword. as usual it is very well made and well balanced. Thank you KJK US Army Colonel (Ret)
Reviewed by LTC Kenyon  K
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This is a fine quality sword, nice looking and very pratical. I would not hesitate to buy again. I tested it against tree limbs, mats, and brush. It held up perfectly and held a fine edge.
Reviewed by Ronnie  V
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One drawback I can see to an otherwise great sword is that the +ULFBERHT+ spelling of the inlay on historical blades has been found to correlate with lower quality steel blades than the true high carbon, low impurity steel of the blades of real Ulfberhts, which have all been marked +ULFBERH+T. It's hypothesized they were forgeries of lower quality trying to pass themselves off as the top of the line blades, in the same way as many modern knockoffs misspell the brand name.
Reviewed by Nathanael  F