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Traditionally Made, Heirloom Quality
Blade: 76cm - Grip: 10.5cm - Overall: 91cm - Guard Width: 10cm - Weight: 1.525kg
During the Viking age, swords grew slightly in length to 930 mm (37") and took on a slightly more acute distal taper and point. These blades had deep fullers running their length, yet still had single-handed hilts which often sported a lobed or cocked-hat style pommel. The fuller was used to increase the strength and flexibility of the sword while reducing the weight of the sword at the same time. This weight reduction and flexibility would allow the wielder to swing faster and harder strokes while, at the same time, allowing the sword to bend but not break when it would hit bone. While the pattern of hilt and blade design of this time might readily be called "the Viking sword" one should remember the widespread popularity swords of this sort enjoyed. All over continental Europe between 700-1000 AD this design and its small variations could be found.
The swords overall fit and finish are well done for the price. However the only glaring issue is that the shape of the pommel causes it to dig into the wrist when swung and is quite painful. After trying different grips the problem is slightly alleviated but is still noticeable. Perhaps a refinement of the pommel shape or making the hilt a bit longer will be enough to solve the issue. [Reply from THE MEDIEVAL SHOPPE - You're right, but the length of the grip and the shape of the pommel of this sword are true to the museum examples, and if we tweaked it to create improvements, it would no longer be a faithful copy. Try what is known as the "handshake grip" when wielding the sword, that will help greatly. ] Unknown on 22nd Aug 2019