This affordable piece features authentic hilt styling from 9th century Scandinavia and Britain. Fully combat ready with rebated (blunt) edges and tip. The grip is permanently mounted and the tang is riveted.
The blade is fullered for balance and features 1/16" wide edges and rounded tips for safety. The hardwood grips are leather covered.
Comes with own scabbard. Scabbard is made of fibreglass with a wood finish appearance.
Overall: 33 1/2"
Blade Length: 28"
Handle Length: 5 3/4"
Weight: 2lb 2oz
Thickness at Guard: .20"
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.
The sword was by far the most expensive and prestigious weapon available (certainly in the earliest of days) and unlike any other weapon it had no other purpose, it was purely for killing as far as tools go – it could be argued it was a status symbol also; like spears and knives it may be crafted with gold, silver, niello, copper and even semi-precious stones set/inlaid for added effect – but no other practical function exists.
A sword can be used with or without a shield or perhaps a secondary weapon such as an axe or a knife. Viking/Anglo-Saxon swords were only ever one-handed weapons.
A sword could have various different styles of pommel, if indeed it had a pommel at all; some swords merely had the tang peened over the upper guard to hold the hilt in place.
The pommels primary function is to counterbalance the weight of the long blade and make the sword easier to wield on the field of battle. This sturdy lump of metal also means if needs be, you can "pommel" or pummel your opponent with the butt of your sword if they get too close.