Often overlooked by modern sword lovers is the tremendous amount of stress placed on a sword blade during battle. Early Viking swords were forged from layers of iron interwoven with strands of steel to produce a very tough sword. Although iron was a tougher material than bronze, it would frequently bend. Damascus, or pattern welded steel, was used to make the blade strong enough to withstand the rigors of combat.
Excavations of a number of circa 850-900 Viking swords turned up this lovely Damascus specimen in Finland. It has the lobed pommel loved by the Norsemen, but the cross guard contrasts slightly with the typical downcurved versions. The early style blade is well-suited to the quick, slashing blows of the Viking warrior. Our version is made by Windlass Steelcrafts® of high carbon Damascus steel. Blade is polished with the fuller etched to show the Damascus construction of the blade. Pommel and cross guard are steel. Grip is leather wrapped wood. Scabbard is wood covered in leather with steel mounts. This is a true fighting sword, and one that any Viking would be proud to carry in battle. Can be seen in Records Of The Medieval Sword on pg. 83 by Ewart Oakeshott. Can be sharpened for additional fee.
The British Museum has many fine Viking swords, but one of the most beautiful and deadly is the "Leuterit" sword. This sword has the name "Leuterit" engraved on the blade and it is believed to be the name of the smith that made it. We have not included this on our copy, as it is cost prohibitive. But, we have stayed true to the size and weight of the original, and to its deadly beauty. The Vikings were quite conscious of the need for a good sword. When they found one they took quite good care of it, so that many swords served several generations of warriors. Guard and pommel are silver, with copper lozenges. Grip is wood with silver pins. Made from high carbon steel by Windlass Steelcrafts, complete with scabbard. You have only to draw and hold this sword to know why this type of blade was used from Micklegard to Ireland, and from Iceland to the inland sea of the Mediterranean. Can be sharpened for additional fee.
From the hit TV show Vikings comes The Sword of Kings, a relic held by the reigning Viking king during the time of Ragnar Lothbrok. The age and origins of the sword are unknown, but it is a treasured symbol of Viking power. The hilt is adorned with faux precious jewels and the stainless steel blade is mirror polished and etched with Viking runes, which translate to Sword of Kings. Now Ragnar has become the great Viking leader and champions his people to many epic victories with the treasured Sword of Kings at his side. Includes wooden wall plaque for displaying. No scabbard. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.