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Darksword Oslo Viking Sword - Brown Leather - DSA1308BR

Darksword Oslo Viking Sword - Brown Leather

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Overall Length: 36 3/8'' Blade: 31''
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Blade: 1060 High Carbon
Weight: 2 lb 13.3 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 6 1/2''
Thickness: 4.6 mm - 3.8 mm
Width: 50.3 mm
Grip Length: 3 1/2''
Pommel: Threaded

The Oslo Viking sword from Darksword Armory is inspired by the Viking swords featured in the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, Norway. It features a blade of 1060 High Carbon steel, tempered to a Rockwell Hardness of 53. The guard and pommel are cast from bronze in serpentine motifs. The wood grip is tightly wrapped in brown leather and the the sword comes with a wood-core scabbard likewise covered in form-fitting brown leather.

The sword in the Viking age was no mere weapon or tool - it possessed its own spirit imbued to it from the iron ‘’magic’’ of the smith and his craft. Good swords were difficult to make and only skillful smiths could successfully work the lower quality of pre-industrial iron to produce swords with strength and flex. Likely the smith kept his methods a personal or familial secret, and sometimes the swords were inscribed or inlaid with runes to further emphasize a magical origin. A common figure in Scandinavian/Anglo-Saxon sagas and mythology is that of the magic smith who can make weapons with their own personalities and powers (such as Weyland the Smith)- likely this theme is an origin for the common fantasy genre trope of enchanted weapons.

Few items in Viking society were as valued as the sword and one is noted in the Laxedaela Saga as being worth 16 cows - considerable money in those times! Swords were not as common as they would later become; of the over 100 Viking Age weapons unearthed in Icelandic burials, only 16 were swords. The worth and origin of the sword meant they were given names (such as ‘’Byrnie-Biter’’ or ‘’Life Taker’’) and often passed down in families. Understandably, the loss of a sword was a cause for much grief!

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