Although the cap with straps no longer survives, the handle wrapped in gold wire, the base of the golden silver handle and the cross-protection, as well as the mouth of the hem or medallion (which merged with protection over time) are still remarkably well preserved. All parts of the handle are adorned with intricately engraved motifs of intertwined birds, snakes, fantastic creatures and tendrils.
This finely crafted piece of Viking history, dated ca. 1000 AD and classified as Type Z according to Petersen's Viking sword typology, is generally considered one of the best Viking-era examples found in Scandinavia. The detailing of animals and plants, which is commonly accepted as being in the Anglo-Saxon Winchester style (8th to 11th century), indicates that the sword has its origins in England or was at least strongly influenced by the type of metal work that was created there. As this style of ornamentation was particularly popular among the Scandinavian nobility, who maintained active contact with England in the late 10th/ early 11th century, and considering the precious materials and quality craftsmanship used, it is believed that this sword was the prestigious weapon of a wealthy Nordic nobleman or high-status person.
The reconstruction we offer here has a straight, double-edged EN45 spring steel blade tempered with a wider, non-sharp blade. The handle consists of a short, slightly curved down guard, a handle firmly wrapped in brass wire and a generously sized handle with a curved-up base and 3-lobe cap. The protection and base of the pommel closely recreate the highly detailed engraved motifs and patterns of the original artifact. Like many historical examples of the time, the sword handle is a two-part construction: the entire blade spike is threaded into the lower section and the handle cover is attached to the base with two rivets.
This one-hand sword from the early Middle Ages comes complete with a wooden sheath and brown leather with old-fashioned and finely detailed brass choker, plate and belt clip (maximum belt width of 6 cm).
Note that this sword is not a weapon ready for battle. It is designed as a collector's piece or decoration/display and is not suitable for combat reenactment. In addition to the quality of collector, it is also perfectly suited as prop, for example, to complete your costume.
A Damascus steel version of this sword is also available in our shop (Product No. 0116040900).
- Material: EN45 spring steel blade (high carbon steel, non-stainless steel), handle wrapped in brass wire, cast brass protector and pommel
- Total length: approx. 92 cm
- Blade length: approx. 74 cm
- Blade thickness: approx. 4 mm (cutting edges approx. 1 mm)
- Handle length: approx. 18 cm (grip approx. 9.5 cm)
Max. Blade width: approx. 4.5 cm
- Balance point: approx. 12.5 cm of protection
Incl. wooden sheath with genuine leather cover and brass accessories
- Weight without sheath: approx. 1.1 kg
- Weight with hem: approx. 1.7 kg As