This distinctively styled Viking Sword is based on a surviving example from the 9th or 10th Century which was a grave find found in Vestre Berg in the Akershus county of Norway. It was clearly a masterfully crafted sword in its time, but before being entombed it had been ritually “killed” by purposefully bending the blade beyond usability. It is unknown whether this common practice was intended to symbolically “kill” a sword to make it fit for burial, or it was simply a practical way to dissuade grave robbers. A Peterson Type “O” sword, the pommel has a distinctive five-lobed “knuckle” pommel with a slightly up-turned guard.
The broad blade of this replica is forged from high carbon steel and possesses a tempered hardness of 48-52 HRc; it is securely mounted into the hilt with a peen over the pommel for an overall robust construction. The guard and pommel are cast from fine bronze and embellished with etched design on both sides and copper wire inlaid into the pommel. The grip is wood with a tight binding of quality red leather.
The sword is paired with a companion scabbard which is crafted from wood and overlaid in stitched and tightly-fitted vegetable tanned leather dyed to match the sword grip. Its fittings are of bronze and feature an integrated sword belt with bronze fittings and hanging rings. The belt is meant to be knotted and tied for wear so the buckle does not have a tongue and this is intentional.
Please Note: It is common for this item to have some greenish patination on the scabbard fittings – these can be polished to refresh the appearance.