Viking River Scheldt Sword

Viking River Scheldt Sword

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  • Product Description



    Traditionally Made, Heirloom Quality


    • Overall length: 36".
    • Blade length: 30.25".
    • Blade width: 1.75".
    • Weight: 2 lbs. 3 oz.


    The Vikings had two kinds of duels, the Holmganga and Einvigi. The exact details haven't survived, but we do know that "Holmganga" meant "going out to the island". We don't suppose both parties came back. Serious stuff, that sort of duel, and that's one of the reasons the Vikings took their swordmaking so seriously.

    This lightweight sword, with its impressive cutting power, would have been the ideal weapon for a Holmganga. It was found in the River Scheldt which runs from France, through Belgium and the Netherlands, emptying into the North Sea. It probably dates from around 750 A.D. It's a beautiful example of a sword maker's magic.

    Carefully hand-forged sharp blade of high carbon steel. Full tang, wooden grip with leather wrapping, brass pommel and guard. In short, this is a real sword – not a wall-hanger. If you're interested in the Viking period, this could be the highlight of your collection. Comes complete with a scabbard.

    This sword can be seen in the 2nd publication of "Archaeology Of Weapons" plate 26.

    Hand Forged

    This is not a mass-produced blade stamped out of sheet metal. This sword is 100% guaranteed hand forged. The blade is shaped and delicately curved; created with time honoured classic sword making ingredients: hammer, anvil, fire and sweat - traditionally fired, shaped and polished by skilled artisans. This sword doesn’t just look good in the photos – it will actually look and feel good in your hand. You’ll feel the weight - you’ll feel the balance.
    Historically Accurate

    This design is copied from a museum specimen.
    Full Tang (very important)

    Tang is a word of Old Norse origin, meaning a sharp point, tongue, or prong. The tang is an extension of the blade that you don't see because it is hidden underneath the handle. On European swords it goes through the pommel (the end cap) and is peened over like a rivet so that the sword does not come apart. This sword is full tang, so it will stand up to the rigors of actual steel on steel contact, such as choreographed theatrical fighting, real parry and shield impact.

    Most swords, if they are of any quality, should already have a full tang and it doesn't need to be advertised. It's something to expect. Nevertheless, we do feel a need to differentiate this item as 90% of swords on the net (invariably manufactured in the People’s Republic of China) are only half or quarter tang. Such movie/fantasy pseudo-swords are strictly for decoration only, as the much needed support in the handle is missing. They might look pretty on a wall, but they will slowly (or very quickly) come apart if used in simulated combat.
    With Scabbard

    Supplied with a unique, custom made, hand crafted scabbard.

    Super-High Carbon Steel

    Our exclusive supplier uses a traditional bellows-driven charcoal forge to heat the steel, carefully purifying and carburizing each blade, hammering it into shape and then tempering it to perfection. The end result of these efforts is "Living Steel" - a super-high carbon steel blade (typically about one percent carbon) that is exceptionally flexible, very strong, and has the potential to hold an exceptionally sharp edge.
    No Plastic, PVC or Cheap Alloy Detailing
    Only solid steel, copper or leather detailing/accents (where applicable).

    Correct Finish

    The blade’s steel is not inappropriately shiny with a mirror finish, but has the authentic bright-gray subdued sheen favoured by enthusiasts.
  • Product Reviews


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    1. Beautiful period correct viking sword.

      I had been looking for a good handmade viking sword for years and never found anything that fit the bill. It need to be hand made, the correct weight and dimensions and beautiful but simple, not over the top. The River scheldt sword definitely ticked all those boxes, i also appreciate how well it was packed. Many Thanks- D.L on 7th Dec 2021

    2. Viking River Scheldt Sword

      I purchased the Viking River Scheldt Sword.
      I always wanted to buy a ‘real’ sword. I’m no re-enactor or expert but I’ve always loved history & now was the time.
      A mate brought The Medieval Shoppe to my attention.
      The price was right. Free shipping!
      I took the plunge.
      I was not disappointed.
      It is a thing of beauty!
      Exactly as described.
      The awe as one draws it from it’s scabbard.
      My Wife kinda understands but my mates? They get it.
      It’s a connection to history & it’s a real Sword.
      What am I gonna do with it?
      I don’t know.
      Do I care?
      Not one bit.
      As a Facebook friend said when I proudly posted about it’s acquisition - “Every man should have a Sword.”
      I agree!
      on 12th Nov 2021

    3. Nice Sword

      Just received today and all in goood shape, (no shipping damage). Nice sword for the money, feels good in the hand, will do a little work to the bade, really like the brass guard and pommel.
      Blade fits snug in the guard, for any one interested in this sword it gets my recommendation for great value.
      on 4th Jan 2021

    4. Quality

      You can read the description, you can even watch the YouTube clip. It's not until you hold this sword that you really appreciate it's quality craft. on 22nd Sep 2020

    5. Great Sword for the coming Zombie Apocalypse

      As all the positive statements proceeding this have stated, this is a well crafted and strong sword. Awesome value for money. This sword now has pride of place in my Survival Room. on 27th Aug 2020

    6. Wow

      What a piece!
      It’s such a low cost for such a strong, detailed replica from long ago. Delivered quickly. If you need a forever practical blade, or a sword to pass down to someone, this is the work you need to add to your armoury.
      Thanks again Medievilshoppe. I’m over the moon with it <3
      on 11th May 2020

    7. Amazing Sword

      Absolutely fantastic blade, the quality is top notch. I own another sword from the same price point and the quality of the River Scheldt Sword is incomparable.
      A few spots, on close inspection, show certain characteristics from being hand forged, making this one unique from any other which I think is amazing.
      Will definitely buy yet again from Medieval Shoppe and looking forward to another Hillside Forge creation!
      on 19th Apr 2020

    8. Nice sword, excellent quality

      I have owned swords and other medieval weapons since the age of 21 and this is by far my favourite sword so far. It is finely made with excellent quality and I would definitely come back to this store to purchase again.

      Thank you!
      on 31st Mar 2020

    9. fantastic sword

      1.This sword is well made very light and fast.
      2.Handle is well made and fist well in the hand.
      3.Brass fittings are well made.
      Can not find any faults with the sword at all if your looking for a well made sword that cuts nice and feel good in your hands look no further this is your sword.
      on 4th Dec 2019

    10. Viking River Scheldt Sword

      Excellent sword I am very pleased with it !
      on 26th Jun 2018

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