Viking Sword / Ulfberht Sword- High Carbon Damascus Steel Sword- 39"- Stiklestad
Viking 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"
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I've admired swords for a long time and have contemplated buying quite a few but the looks from the wife at the Ren Fairs always dissuaded me. I can't remember how I came across a sale of this item but I read about it and decided to treat myself. When it finally arrived I was first impressed with the scabbard. I don't even remember reading that it came with one but it looks well built and fully functional. There is a little pocket for what I would expect to be a sharpening stone but it was empty. Perhaps it's a standard size but I will find out soon. Otherwise it seems to be of a very decent quality.
The sword - when I pulled it out and examined it I was very impressed with the pattern welded look. I even thought it might be etched to look folded but I think it really is. It's stunning to me as a novice. It really looks nice. My wife asked what I bought because she was home when it was delivered so I had to show her and she commented that it looked very nice and nicer than the Ren Fair swords I wanted to buy for much more $$.
Random Comments: It's heavy. I'm not a weight lifter but I am 6 feet 220lb and it's heavy. The grip has about a half fist of space ... too little for a second hand and too much for a snug fit. I would have liked it to be longer for a second hand because of its weight. If I man up and get some more muscle I might want the grip to be shorter for a snug fit. The workmanship isn't perfect ... the blade has a slight wonk to it and there are some imperfections in the groove. At first I was put off by this as I guess I was expecting some CNC made item however, as I spent some time with it, I came to like the hand made look and the minor imperfections. It looks like a hand made forged sword to this novice. I would love to further hone the blade and swing at some bamboo. It feels solid and substantial.
I am very happy with my first sword purchase and experience with the merchant.
The title just about says it all.. maybe even understates it.
the weight is perfect for low impact workouts.
And it is right comfortable to hold.
I really like the sword and it was a bargain to boot!!
I love Viking era swords and this is really a wonderful piece of art. They claim it is functional as well but I am not going to test that.
I went for this purchase even though it was more expensive than the other swords they sell. I am very pleased with the quality and look.