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Fafnir Forge - Ballinderry 9th Century Viking Sword

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Overall Length: 36 7/8'' Blade: 31''
Retail Price:$249.95
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Blade: 1074 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 4 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 6 3/4''
Thickness: 3.9 mm - 3 mm
Width: 45.9 mm
Grip Length: 4''
Pommel: Peened

This recreation inspired by the famed Ballinderry Viking sword has a blade forged from 1074 high carbon steel which has been tempered. The crossguard and pommel are crafted from steel and inscribed on both sides with the vine scrollwork design that distinctly sets the Ballinderry sword and several similar contemporaries apart as unique among Viking swords.

This Viking sword is relatively lightweight compared to many Viking swords on the market and this allows it to be a surprisingly agile and responsive sword - its point of balance is far enough out on the blade to ensure that it hits and cuts with substantial leveraged force. (The Point of Balance for the original Ballinderry sword is 7.28’’)

The shaped grip is carved from wood and has been overlaid in tight cordage and altogether bound in brown leather. The sword is paired with a handcrafted scabbard of wood with a tight wrap of brown leather and a steel chape. A carved wooden suspension loop is affixed to the scabbard with leather banding and will allow its bearer to wear it with their own baldric or belt. This sword

The Ballinderry Sword is one of the finest preserved Viking swords and it belongs to a family of five similar swords with hilts which originated from the same smith or location despite being found in different locales. Found in Ireland in 1928 in a drainage ditch for Ballinderry Bog the sword was found among the remains of an Irish Crannog along with two spearheads, timbers and other household items. The blade bore an +ULFBERHT+ inscription marking it as Frankish manufacture, whilst the hilt was likely made in Norway based on an inscription bearing the name of a Norse craftsman - ''HILTIPREHT''.

How then was the sword to end up in a Irish crannog? In all likelihood it was obtained through trade with Viking Dublin and the sword would have been a prized possession of status for an Irish chieftain.

Altogether the Ballinderry Sword represents the surprising connections in both trade and movement in the 9th century ‘’Dark Ages’’ - a Frankish blade made into a sword by a Norse cutler which would trade hands from the Dublin Vikings to an Irish chieftain.

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