The British Museum in London.
One of the most coveted medieval swords among collectors is the Viking sword. Given the multitude of Viking swords on the market, one wonders whether the market is saturated. Many reproductions however, play into the stereotype of Viking swords as little more than long cleavers – heavy, brutish weapons wielded by a brutal people. These reproductions fail to capture the spirit or “function” of the Viking sword as an important step in the evolution of the European medieval swords, from earlier Romanesque styles to the arming swords of late medieval period.
The most authoritative typology of the Viking swords was written by Dr. Jan Peterson in 1919. Focusing on variations in pommel and guards to formulate a 26 category scheme, Jan Perterson created a typological reference to determine the date of each sub type.
The five lobed Viking battle ready sword is the quintessential Norse weapon during the Viking age. The blade has the distinctive wide fuller and spatulate tip typical of designs from the Viking era. While using a Type 4 blade from the Geibig Typology, we fitted the five lobe Viking medieval sword with an extended handle that is long enough for both “hammer” and “handshake” grip.
The type 4 blade, found from the mid-tenth century through the mid-eleventh century, features a slight taper and a fuller which extends the blade’s full length. We carefully crafted this Viking medieval sword to reflect the Norse cultural and artistic heritage. Exceptional tools of war, the Viking medieval swords also attest to the Viking culture’s keen interest in art and aesthetic beauty. The Viking battle ready sword features a 30 inch blade, forged with 5160 High Carbon Steel and dual hardened.
Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel. Dual Tempered HRc 60
48-50 at the core
Fittings : Mild Steel
Total Length: 36″
Blade Length : 30″
Weight: 2 lbs. 8 oz.
Skol, U.S.A –
After much online research and contemplation I finally chose the Darksword Armoury Viking 5 Lobe Sword and Scabbard/Belt combination. I was not disappointed in any way especially considering that many sites want you to buy just a scabbard for their swords which is more than I paid for the sword, scabbard and belt from Darksword.
The scabbard is very nice and upon opening the shipping box was greeted by the great odour of fresh leather. The scabbard colour matches the sword handgrip very nicely. The sword itself is almost flawless and feels very natural in the hand. The blade, cross guard and pommel were all nicely polished with no blemishes to be found. The grip is very tight and I cannot feel any movement. I haven’t had a chance to chop away at anything heavier than cardboard but I don’t expect the grip to loosen up any. I would give the sword an easy 9 1/2 out of 10 with the only minor criticism of where the blade attaches into the cross guard the inset on the cross guard is a tiny bit rough. This criticism is very nit-picky and I am going to start saving to buy another sword from Darksword, perhaps a crusader or two-handed sword.
I am related to the first Viking King and I can imagine wielding this fine blade along side him in battle or a raiding party daring the Valkyries to take me.
Justin (verified owner) –
My favorite style of viking era sword. The only difficultly i had choosing this was because they are so many on the site i like. But i got to wanting a viking sword and decided on this one firstout of the group. Very beautiful very durable i have no complaints with it
Dave Shaw (verified owner) –
I looked around alot before I chose this sword, between quality and price I am not disappointed and would recommend this sword.
Both the sword and the scabbard look great and are well made. There were only a couple small flaws on the sword; first, the slot in the guard around the blade was roughly cut and asymmetric, but only noticeable on close inspection; second, the sharpening at the tip was rough and needed to be smoothed with a stone.
Sword feels very solid, has good weight and balance and handles well.
DarkSword maks a fine sword, thank you.