Viking Ulfberht Sword DescriptionThe Viking sword (also known as the Viking age sword) or Ulfberht sword is the type of sword prevalent in Western and Northern Europe during the Early Middle Ages. The type of Viking sword was made famous in the Stiklestad battle. 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 wrapped in leather with Damascus steel bolsters. It comes with a leather sheath.
Handle Material: Wood with Damascus Steel Bolsters
Overall Length: 39"
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 / Ulfberht Sword- High Carbon Damascus Steel Sword- 39"
I'm having fun playing with this sword. It feels great iny hand. Every sword has a strong point and weak point. It's beautiful and I'm having fun with it.
I like most of you had a million questions about this sword. I will try to answer them. I ordered mine on 01/25/2023 and it arrived on 01/27/2023 so shipping was very fast. I read some of the other reviews about blades being bent etc and so I was a little worried. When it arrived the blade was straight as an arrow, the edges were very sharp, it is a pretty well balanced sword with mine having a center balance point about 8 inches from the guard. The sword swings well, has good flexibility in the blade, and is light enough to be maneuverable while still being heavy enough to let you know it's a real sword. The pattern welding on the blade is beautiful and real, it's not laser etched or anything. I have pretty wide hands and for me the handle was about 1 and 3/4 hand grip if you wanted to use 2 hands it would be possible especially if you had smaller hands. With that being said there are a few draw backs. The edges on the guard and pommel are quite angular and sharp, so a little bit of file work to take down those edges is needed. The leather wrapping on the handle although real is just wrapped and glued. So it might be advisable to either wrap some wire around the ends of the handle to help secure that glued edge if this is going to be a functional sword for you. There is no evidenced distel taper to the blade. The leather sheath that comes with this sword does leave something to be desired but does seem to be of okay quality and functional. Overall, I am very pleased with this sword. It met or exceeded all of my expectations for being a functional sword. I feel as though if this was the early middle ages this sword would be every bit battle ready right out of the package. I could not be more pleased with this sword and it is worth every bit of what I paid for it and then some. Now the only thing left to do is make a proper wooden and leather scabbard for it and then it will be ready for the summer raids. I hope this review has helped someone in there buying decision. It really is a steal for what they are asking.
Better than I expected