This sword is a replica of a fine example of a early to mid 10th Century Norwegian Viking Sword with a Type E hilt which was found during the excavation of a burial at Barrow L-13 in 1949. It is a fine example of a type of Norwegian Viking sword which had a large and often ornamented hilt. This recreation has a tempered blade of 1060 high carbon steel with etched design on both sides; one side features a stylized god or man and the reverse has a pair of crosses with a whorl-like symbol between them.
The hilt is brass and is lavishly embellished with a latticework of braided wire which is knotted throughout the guard and pommel through the many holes in the guard and pommel. These holes prevent the large hilt components from becoming excessively heavy in addition to facilitating the fetching ornamentation. Like original Viking swords the pommel is a two part construction; the blade tang is anchored to the bottom bar of the pommel and then covered with a cap which is then dual-riveted into place. The grip is wood with a tight wrap of spiralled leather and the sword comes with a wooden scabbard which is bound in quality vegetable-tanned leather to match the grip. Its chape and suspension loop are finely cast antiqued brass with Viking knotwork detailing.