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Viking Sword from Langeid with Scabbard

Viking Sword from Langeid with Scabbard
Viking Sword from Langeid with Scabbard
Viking Sword from Langeid with Scabbard
Viking Sword from Langeid with Scabbard
Viking Sword from Langeid with Scabbard
A double-edged blade made of spring steel EN45 with a wide, long fuller.
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                                 Viking Sword from Langeid (Norway), 11th c., Incl. Scabbard

This Late Viking Age sword is a reconstruction of a unique find which was unearthed from grave no.8 during the archaeological excavation of a Viking burial site in Langeid (Setesdal Valley, Bygland, Norway) in 2011. The well-preserved find made of iron, gold and silver can be seen in the Kulturhistorisches Museum (Kulturhistorik Museum) in Oslo.

The combination of spirals, runes, Latin letters and crosses that lavishly decorate the hand guard and the pommel, the original, dated approx. 1030, is truly unique. Although the exact meaning is still a mystery, some of these motifs clearly carry a Christian message and suggest that this Nordic weapon was deliberately provided with Christian symbolism. The dating of the sword (early 11th century, which marks the end of Nordic paganism and the beginning of the Christian Middle Ages in Scandinavia) confirms this assumption.

In addition, the one-handed sword was found together with a broad axe, which had similarities with other axes discovered on the Thames in London from the same period. Hence, some experts assume that the sword was brought to Norway from England and could have been the prestige or showpiece of a wealthy warrior (possibly one of the fighters of King Canute the Great).

Our reproduction of this extraordinary Viking one-handed sword has a double-edged blade made of spring steel EN45 with a wide, long fuller. The cutting edges are not sharpened and the continuous blade tang is screwed and riveted to the pommel. In the case of the guard and the pommel made of cast (and partially tinned) brass, the highly detailed motifs and patterns on the handle of the original artefact have been reproduced as closely to the original as possible. The grip area with a wooden core is tightly wrapped with brass wire.

The Langeid sword comes with a brown wooden / leather sheath with a very distinctive wooden belt passage (max. Belt width 5 cm) and brass fittings.

Please Note that this sword is not a battle ready weapon. It is designed as a collector's or decoration / display piece and is not suited for combat reenactment. it is also perfectly suited as a prop, e.g. to complete your costume.

Details:

Material: EN45 spring steel blade (high carbon steel, not stainless), brass guard and pommel (partially tinned), brass wire bound wooden handle

Overall length: approx. 96 cm

Blade length: approx. 78 cm

Blade thickness: approx. 4 mm (cutting edges approx. 1 mm)

Hilt length: approx. 18 cm (grip approx. 10 cm)

Max. Blade width: approx. 4.7 cm

Point of balance: approx. 17 cm from the guard

Incl. wooden scabbard with genuine leather cover and brass fittings

Weight without scabbard: approx. 1.3 kg

Weight with scabbard: approx. 1.75 kg

Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.

The steel used here is not rust-proof and might show slight surface tarnishing in places. We recommend you to maintain the blade and the scabbard on a regular basis, for example using Ballistol Universal Oil, which is ideally suited for steel care.

Please Note:

We do not sell this product to customers under the age of 18. Upon ordering please email us a copy of your driving licence or passport as proof of I.d

Shipping Weight: 2.30 kg

Product Code:
0116041600
Weight:
7kg