Gorgeous!! Perfect reproduction and probably the closest we can get to what the Northmen actually carried into battle. I have been holding off on purchasing my first "real" sword and I was not disappointed in the least...in fact, I'm thrilled with it. The price point is very generous considering the quality. I did not notice any imperfections as some others have mentioned. Also, it included a frog for the scabbard that is equally awesome. It's a shame that there were no pictures of it in the product description, but that just made it an added bonus for me!! I couldn't be happier with this weapon and could not possibly offer any higher recommendation for someone who wants a real, functional, weapon and not just a pretty wall-hanger. Also, hats-off to Museum Replicas for the incredibly fast order processing & shipping. I look forward to doing business with them again and can't wait to get the matching scramaseax.
Beautiful!!! Solid, sharp, straight and the blackening is amazing! I can't wait for the seax to get here!
This is a well-made, solid piece. It holds together really well through cutting and abuse. The "stonewash" finish looks great and aids in blade-care by being a rust-deterrent. At a POB of about 6 1/2" it will at first feel overly tip-heavy, but once you start learning how to hold and swing it, it begins to feel quite well-balanced for it's type. The edge it comes with is passable, though it cuts better if you touch it up. MY one and only true complaint (the reason it's only 3 stars) is that there is a slight blade bend about 3 inches from the tip. It's small, only one or two millimeters, but it occasionally makes edge-alignment difficult to get right, especially when casting blows. Overall it's a good product, especially at the $240 price-point, but it bears noting that I have seen more than one other reviewer complaining of a small bend near the tip. This may be a recurring problem that Windlass needs to address with their blade-smiths. Without the blade-bend, definitely a 5 out of 5.
This was the best built sword I have yet purchased from Museum Replicas. It was exactly as presented. I was even impressed with the shipping packaging. I will be ordering more swords in the future.
this is my first foray into swords, with my previous long blade experience being machetes, but I can tell a balanced blade from one imbalanced. I am actually impressed with the quality of this product. I love the darkened finish. I find artistic merit to this particular blackened finish. I obviously wasn't simply painted or sprayed on. I have yet to see how this sword handles the tree in my back yard. as far as durability, I'll pit it against my Ontario bushcraft machete and see how the edge holds up against various foliage in the yard. it will be a duel between the graceful blade vs the utilitarian blade!
The Maldon Viking Sword I received matched the specs given. Designs accurate. Finish adds a nice aged look. Built strong. Balanced great for cutting. The grip fits great in the hand. Sheath and frog work well. The edge is suffice, I prefer sharper but it does cut well. Great for the price.
Jazz'd with my new Battlecry Maldon Viking Sword. It's very attractive, and the craftsmanship (by an artist named Kalish) is flawless from pommel to point. - Mitchell
Very pleased with this sword. Many time have been disapointed by windlass... with defective sword. With them you get a hit or a miss. I got a hit with the Maldon sword. Very well made and the blade patina is incredible. Very attractive
Recently received my Viking sword and it's even better than I expected...well balanced with a leaning towards tip heavy it fits in my hand very well and goes through drills easily...my only qualm is that the frog included with the sword was not ambidextrous. As I am left handed I have to use a frog for a left handed draw...I hope windlass will produce replacement frogs in the future so I can get one I can properly use...other than that it's everything I wanted in a Viking sword
I have just received the Maldon Viking sword and am very impressed with its beautify and excellent craftsmanship.
The only negative thing to report is the blade is bent. It is only maybe a 2mm bend towards the tip but its defiantly noticeable and makes me really disappointed.