The Gunther is a broad-bladed Viking sword of the 9th – 10th centuries; most swords of its type were unearthed from the Birka Barrows in Sweden and the particular sword that this replica is modeled after comes from a 1949 find that had a distinctive latticework inlay design on the blade, which is replicated here in etchings on both sides of the blade.
The blade of this Viking sword is forged from high carbon steel with a tempered hardness of 48 – 52 HRc. The guard is steel and the grip is wood with a tight wrap of dark brown leather. Like originals the pommel is a two-part construction with the sword being peened to the base of the pommel and then topped over with a dual-riveted pommel cap to complete this historical composite pommel construction.
The scabbard is carved from wood and is tightly overlaid in stitched leather and completed with a wooden suspension slide which allow for it to be slung from a sword belt or baldric and it is secured with thick and tight leather banding.