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Viking Ulfberht

ID#: 500864

Price: $210.00 

Viking Ulfberht


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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 engravings 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.
  • Overall: 35-3/4"
  • Blade: 30-1/4" long, 2-1/8" wide
  • Wt: 3 lbs

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Customer Reviews

14 Customer Review(s)
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8  (57%)
4 Star
3  (21%)
3 Star
1  (7%)
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1 Star
2  (14%)
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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
5/30/2015 11:28:27 PM
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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
2/7/2015 1:29:43 PM
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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
12/31/2014 11:34:37 AM
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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
12/22/2014 12:31:17 PM
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I agree with the other reviewer, This is not a valid replica. As it appears to be modeled after a Fake, Any Ulfberht that ended with HT+ was forgery. The pommel and crossguard are also wrong. The Pommel design used on this "replica" is not even Scandinavian.
Reviewed by Anonymous
10/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
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