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Darksword Armory Battle Ready
Darksword - Einar - Viking Sword - Black with Integrated Scabbard Belt - DSA1338BKS_OLD
Limited Edition of 800

Darksword - Einar - Viking Sword - Black with Integrated Scabbard Belt


Please note: Demonstrations in these videos may represent torture tests under ideal conditions and do not imply a sword will handle this type of activity consistently. Swords should only be used to cut approved materials, and proper training should be sought before partaking in this dangerous activity.
Overall Length: 36 3/4'' Blade: 30 1/8''
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Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 3 lb 0.5 oz
Edge:  Moderately Sharp
P.O.B.: 4 3/4''
Thickness: 5.8 mm - 3.9 mm
Width: 54.5 mm
Grip Length: 4 3/8''
Pommel: Peened and Glued

The Darksword Armory Einar is a Limited Edition sword inspired by the Vinland sagas of the Vikings, expressed through its intricate, serpentine-like Nordic knotwork on its hilt. The old Norse name Einarr is related to the undead warriors of Norse mythology - The Einherjar.

It has a blade of 5160 high carbon steel that is dual-tempered - Its softer core is tempered to 48-50 HRC and the harder edges are tempered to 60 HRC. This difference in hardening helps the blade edges hold sharp and keen whilst the core is able to flex and absorb the shock of the strike. The guard and pommel are of cast bronze and the grip is of carved oak.

The sword is accompanied by a wood-core scabbard overlaid with leather and a steel chape. The scabbard has an integrated belt with an antiqued bronze colored Viking buckle and chape.

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)- perhaps this theme is an origin for the common fantasy genre use 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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