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Balaur Arms – Single Edged Viking Sword

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The single edged Viking sword was more common than many would think; about one in five Norwegian Viking sword finds have a single-edged blade reminiscent of a langseax which is mounted into a sword hilt with many examples dating to the 9th century. Whether these swords existed alongside their dual-edged brethren as a matter of economic choice or warrior preference is unknown, but these single-edged blades gain a thick and stiff blade spine when one forgoes a second edge and this not only imparts additional durability to the sword, but it gives it some additional mass to power it through brutal cleaving blows and decisive cuts to create a sword with a ferocious bite!

The blade has a long and shallow fuller groove to remove unneeded weight and the thick spine stiffens the blade considerably to make it a surprisingly capable thrusting weapon as well. The blade is forged from high carbon steel and well-tempered to a 56 – 58 HRc hardness. The guard and pommel are steel and the grip is wood with a tight wrap of binding leather. The hilt is constructed like original Viking swords by having a two-part pommel; the blade tang is durably peened over the base of the pommel and then finished with a conical cap which is sturdily dual-riveted into place with copper rivets. An inlaid wire of braided copper completes the pommel.

The shape of the pommel is a Peterson Type “H”; a Viking hilt style that was fairly common and practical. This historically prevalent hilt design can “dig” into your wrist if you throw it out with a wide wrist motion when swinging and it is clear that the design of the sword hilt was intended to discourage this use. There are numerous debates about how best to use a Viking sword with either a “Hammer” or “Handshake” grip and this sword will work well for both. The type H can lock the hand and wrist together in alignment for controlled hammer swings, but it really comes into its own with a “Handshake” grip that places the broad pommel alongside the palm and this position allows the back of the hand and palm to aid in powering and “steering” the sword by giving extra contact and control between the hand and hilt. There is no definitive right or wrong grip choice between the two and it is likely that a skillful warrior may have used both styles to adapt to his current situation.

The sword is paired with a wood-core scabbard which is overlaid in tight leather and completed with a protective steel chape.

Overall Length36 1/4"
Blade Length30 1/4"
Weight2 lb 4.9 oz
Width50.2 mm
Thickness4.4 mm - 1.8 mm
P.O.B.7 1/4"
Grip Length3 7/8"
Blade [1561 High Carbon Steel (ASTM)]
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerBalaur Arms
Country of OriginIndia

Kult of Athena Balaur Arms Single Edge Viking Sword Review

2 reviews for Balaur Arms – Single Edged Viking Sword

  1. Andy (verified owner)

    This is my first sword…so please take that into consideration here.
    Overall I am very impressed.
    The sword was packaged very well and communication with KOA was excellent.

    The sword itself looks beautiful , and feels very “lively” in my hand.
    The copper wire inlay contrasts nicely with the pommel…the blade has a satin look to it..with some “grain” showing in the steel.
    ( Not that , that bothers me…Just pointing it out. )
    I have fairly large hands and can use both the “Hammer Grip” and the “Handshake Grip”.
    The leather wrapped cord handle feels secure in my hand with a swing.
    I opted for the sharpening service , and the sword is sharp indeed.
    The sharpening starts at about 3 1/2 inches above the guard.

    The scabbard fits the sword well and has a nice “warm” brown tone to it.
    The chape seems to be a different metal than the sword…and has a almost chrome look to it.
    The scabbard has a wood core and rain guards…again it fits the sword very well .
    The stitching is nice and tight.

    Overall I am very happy with this sword.
    My only , minor , complaint is the chape…I would have like to have it the same metal as the sword.
    I would highly recommend this sword and have no regrets purchasing it.
    Thank you Kult of Athena for this sword and your outstanding customer service.

  2. shauntheheathen (verified owner)

    There is not a ton of options for a single edged Viking sword. This one really stood out to me as an option with some quality without having to spend 1000+ for an Albion. The leather work on the grip is great for the price. The sword feels good In hand. The balance could be slightly better but it’s not the Albion. Viking swords are often robust as well. The fit and finish on the sword is well done. No scratches, bends or loose parts. I was impressed by the scabbard. It makes my Ronin swords scabbards look like crap. Only reason I’m taking a star off is the sharpening I paid for still left the sword dull. Doesn’t cut paper at all. If you don’t care about a sharp sword add the star in your head. Great for the price and fills a gap in the market.

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