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 double-edged Damascus steel straight blade* with thicker, non-sharp edges. 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 version of this sword with temperate EN45 spring steel blade is also available in our store (Product No. 0116040901).
- Material: Damascus steel blade (high carbon steel, non-stainless), handle wrapped in brass wire, molten 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 hem: approx. 1.1 kg
- Weight with hem: approx. 1.7 kg As
specifications may vary slightly from part to part.
The steel used here is not rust proof and may present slight surface darkening in some places. We recommend that you do blade maintenance regularly, for example, using Ballistol Universal Oil, which is ideal for taking care of steel.
* The terms Damascus steel, apricot or welded standarddesignate a forged composite steel with two or more different types ofsteel. Its name comes from its birthplace, the Syrian city of Damascus, a former stronghold of standardized steel production. As common practice, a harder high carbon steel and a softer low carbon steel are forged, welded and folded together. High carbon steel ensures greater hardness, better toughness and longer edge retention durability, while softer steel gives blade greater flexibility and tensile strength. This procedure, which arose at a time when the qualities of steel were often low and inconsistent, allows combining the positive attributes of the various types of steel. In addition, the different hues generated by the variable carbon content of alternating layers generate impressively beautiful patterns, such as the twisted motif called Damascus torsion pattern or the Rose Damascus. Undoubtedly, these unusual patterns partly explain why inherent magical properties were attributed to the Damascus steel blades of the Middle Ages.