Viking Sword- High Carbon Damascus Steel Sword- 26"- Viking Age/ Carolingian Sword
Viking Sword DescriptionThe Viking sword (also known as the Viking age sword) or Carolingian sword is the type of sword prevalent in Western and Northern Europe during the Early Middle Ages. The Viking sword developed in the 8th century from the Merovingian sword and was the primary sword used by the Scandinavian based Viking people. The sword was derived from the Roman Gladius sword. It is a single handed sword with a sharp tip and edges designed for slashing as well as thrusting. Viking swords remained popular until the 12th century where they blended into Norman swords which were the first stages of the knightly sword.
Blade MaterialsThe sword is made from Pattern welded Damascus steel. Pattern welded Damascus steel is a hard heat treated, folded carbon steel. There are 11 pieces of steel, folded five times, making 352 layers. The steel is the perfect combination of hardness and durability with a Rockwell hardness rating between 55 and 56 HRC. High carbon damascus steel must contain layers of high carbon steel. The high carbon steel we use is 1095 steel which is the highest content carbon steel used in swords. The combination of the steel layers creates a sword that is strong enough to hold a powerful edge while having the strength and flexibility to withstand powerful collisions. This makes the perfect steel for swords. The handle is wood with brass bolsters. It comes with a leather sheath.
Sword DetailsHandle Material: Bone with Brass Bolsters
Overall Length: 26"
Rockwell Hardness: 55-56 HRC
Number of layers: 352
Sheath: Leather sheath
Blade Material: Damascus steel
6 Pieces of Carbon Steel #43 and #40
5 Pieces of High Carbon Steel 1095
1st Fold- 11x2=22 Layers
2nd Fold- 22*2=44 Layers
3rd Fold- 44*2=88 Layers
4th Fold- 88*2=176 Layers
5th Fold- 176*2=352 Layers
Viking Sword- High Carbon Damascus Steel Sword- 26"- Viking Age/ Carolingian Sword
Share this Product
Really cool sword. Blade, handle, guard all very well constructed and hand-crafted. This was a huge hit as a display piece on a going away shadow box for a servicemember.
There were aspects of the site that initially made me nervous to purchase; I'm glad to say those fears now seem unfounded. I'm going to try to be exact, thorough, and honest in my review. I only hold back the 5th star because of my "Remaining Reservations" section.
First, in "Fit and Finish" category, I give 5 of 5 stars.
-Pros: The handle, pommel, crossguard, and blade all meet with virtually no gaps at all. The whole sword feels like a solid piece, and there is no looseness or rattling of any kind. It also comes with a simple leather sheath with a snap closure, which is a welcome addition for carrying. The materials are all very aesthetically pleasing, and the sword overall looks beautiful. The pictures really don't do it justice. The steel is gorgeous and the bone, wood, and brass handle is fantastic.
-Cons: The edges of the crossguard could be just a little more rounded for comfort, and the same goes with the edges of the ricasso. The leather sheath is also brown when black would be a more neutral color, but that's barely a criticism.
Then in the "Handling" category, I give 3.5 of 5 stars.
-Pros: With a weight of 989 grams, a blade length of 18 inches, and a point of balance right about 3 inches forward of the crossguard the leafblade is definitely forward heavy which makes it very authoritative in the cut. The power in the added mass is undeniable, and since you likely won't have to spend all day on a battlefield swinging it, the extra weight isn't much of an issue.
-Cons: The sword weighs just over two pounds, which for a 26 inch sword is very heavy, at least compared to historical battlefield swords of similar size. It's slow to recover and not very lively in the hand. That means the design isn't historically accurate; it does not, however, mean it's not functional. It is, however, still much more tiring to use as it weighs almost twice what similar historical weapons would weigh.
In the "Blade" category I give a 5 of 5 stars.
-Pros: The shaping, sharpening, and grinding of the blade is very nice; the symmetry is very close on both edges and both flats. The blade shows no significant rippling, though the beautiful pattern would make seeing such things very difficult. The blade is obviously straight and true. It feels incredibly solid and sure, came sharp enough to cut paper out of the box, and the blade geometry is very nice. It has performed well in limited cutting tests and performed surprisingly well in the few thrust tests I did.
-Cons: It lacks any perceivable distill taper, but unless you're looking for something extremely historically accurate, or need to swing the sword for hours at a time this isn't really an issue.
In the "Handle/Grip" category I give a 4.5 of 5 stars.
-Pros: The handle shape is good overall, the grip is comfortable, and it does a good job of locking your hand while still being comfortable.
-Cons: It's a bit thicker than it needs to be. It could also be prone to getting slick when wet.
In the "Value" category I give a 5 of 5 stars.
-Pros: This is hands down the nicest looking sword I own. The blade seems to be of high quality, the handle seems to be of high quality, and the workmanship far exceeds what I would have expected for the price I paid for it ($100 on sale). Even at the original listed price of about $220 I would have still given this 5 star rating.
-Cons: At this price range there's really not much in the way of downside for a product of this quality.
In the "Purchase Experience" category I give a 4 of 5 stars.
-Pros: The customer service from Brian is incredible. I got replies in a very quick and polite manner, I was always kept up to date and offered many helpful options. I'm already considering another purchase soon.
-Cons: Be aware that many of the items on the website are made to order, and so you may have to wait a month or two for the item to be crafted for you. Unfortunately there does not currently seem to be any easy way to tell which items are in stock and which will require a wait time.
The sale on the website seems to be infinitely refreshing it's countdown, while the return policy clearly states that sale items can't be returned and basically every item on the site is on this seemingly infinite sale. I absolutely love the product I received but this still bugs me. I also received a written disclaimer with my sword that says the item is sold as is, has no guarantees associated with it at all, and isn't intended to be used as a weapon, or for any specific guaranteed use. I figure this is likely for legal purposes, but again, it bothered me. Finally, I haven't been able to verify the HRC or steel composition of the blade personally. In addition, I have not yet been able to perform thorough live testing with the sword as of yet, only some light tests.
The sword is very functional, though not 100% historically accurate; it seems to be an amazing sword, especially for the pr...
I received my sword about 4-5 days ago, and I have to say, this was worth the wait. Everything about this sword screams quality. From the time you take it out of the copious packaging (very nicely done, by the way), you can tell immediately that great care was taken to perfect every detail, from the metalwork to the way the handle feels in your hand. Hefting it, you get a sense of how, if you were living in the days of Braveheart, if you were to put enough force behind it, this sword would cut through flesh and bone like it was hot butter. (Not that I plan on putting that to the test!) A very nice addition to my sword collection, and displayed prominently where I plan to admire it continuously.
A great thank-you to all the staff who were involved in making this sword. Keep up the good work!
Utmost quality and professionalism
Being a skeptic I ordered this with a pinch of salt. Upon receipt I was very surprised with the weight, balance, and craftsmanship. I do not find it difficult to wield but if you are out of shape or practice grab a large can of beans and get with it..
Obviously this is not a sideshow replica or toy. If it ever came to it I am sure it would fulfill its heritage. No complaints!