The Nordic warrior frequently carried several light spears into combat. This style displays the narrow, sharply pointed head designed to pierce mail. Several spears might be carried in the shield hand in a charge. These were discarded at a distance, leaving the warrior free to use his sword or axe in hand-to-hand fighting.
This decorated spearhead demonstrates the Viking’s creative mix of art and war, whereby weapons often carried intricate patterns, created using the "Niello" process. This involved using an alloy of several metals (notably silver) mixed with sulphur which was rubbed into an incised pattern and then fired. Where the alloy is rubbed into the engraving it remains black, while the rest of the surface is polished to a bright finish.
Our decorating process uses a little more technology but still provides a lustrous, permanent Niello-like effect.
Overall: 16 1/4"
Blade Length: 9 3/4"
Thickness at Guard: .570
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.
Does NOT come with haft!
Postage = £7.00
Spears are the most commonly found weapon from 7th-11th century. Very cheap due to the small quantities of iron needed and just about anyone could socket the head themselves.
The spear shaft or stave was usually made from Ash and measures between 5’-10’ with a diameter of an inch. The iron head of the spear could be anywhere between 8”-24” long and came in a variety of styles.
- Long narrow spearheads tend to be of the Scandinavian type.
- Leaf shaped spearheads are of the earlier “celtic” style, which were imported to Scandinavia.
- Winged spearheads originate in the Carolingian period (Frankish). Sometimes known as Boar spears.
- Variations of the above including:
- and Triangular cross section.
Spears could be used either one or two handed with or without a shield or a secondary weapon. When used with a shield the spear would most probably be used with an overhand grip to attack over a shield-wall or in order to throw it at the enemy without changing grip.
Shorter spears or Javelins would be carried in bundles of 3-4 by those who chose to utilise them.
Standard spears could be used to stab or cut with the blade edge, block with the shaft or even beat with the blunt wooden end.
The winged type is thought to be useful in hunting or warfare as they prevent the blade from going too far into the target and making the spear useless. Sometimes know as a boar spear as they are useful when hunting boar to stop them from charging at you even when it has been pierced, essentially pinning it.
A well made spear would be made with a pattern welded head; often a spear belonging to a jarl (noble) would be crafted inlaid with silver.