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Ulfberht Viking Sword

£141.08

An old legend has it that a Nordic smith named Ulfberht developed the first all steel blade. This crucial development achieved near-mythical status among warriors, making this one of the most important swords in the study of medieval weapons. Several of these blades from slightly different time periods exist, some engraved in gratitude and reverence with Ulfberht’s hallowed name. 

The etchings on both sides of our blade are copied exactly so that our reproduction is identical, warts and all. Made of high carbon steel (actually better than the original) it is beautifully balanced. The grip is wood wrapped with leather. The stout crossguard is steel and the pommel is of the Brazil nut shape that was quite popular at the time, both with Vikings and the rest of Europe. A beautiful and important sword. Comes with scabbard. 

Overall Length: 91cm
Blade Length: 77cm
Blade Width: 5cm
Weight: 1360g
Blade: 1065 High Carbon Steel
Edge: Blunt
Pommel: Peened
ScabbardWood, Leather, Steel

All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

This product is suitable for: (Read More)
Living History
Test Cutting
SKU: 121518

Availability: In stock

Excl. Tax: £141.08 Incl. Tax: £169.30
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Copied from a sword shown in Ian Pierce’s book Swords of the Viking Age

An old legend has it that a Nordic smith named Ulfberht developed the first all steel blade. This crucial development achieved near-mythical status among warriors, making this one of the most important swords in the study of medieval weapons. Several of these blades from slightly different time periods exist, some engraved in gratitude and reverence with Ulfberht’s hallowed name. 

Prior to the Ulfberht swords, all European swords were of the pattern welded variety. Soft iron bars were welded together with strips of steel, forged into a blade shape, then a steel edge was welded onto the sword. But, the Ulfberht sword was a quantum leap in both technology and design. Made not of strips, but good carbon steel blades with enough carbon content to produce excellent swords. The design of the sword was also an improvement. The blade tapered more sharply to the point than did previous blades. This put the balance of the sword closer to the hand, making a sword that was faster on both the stroke and recovery than previous blades. 

The etchings on both sides of our blade are copied exactly so that our reproduction is identical, warts and all. Made of high carbon steel (actually better than the original) it is beautifully balanced. The grip is wood wrapped with leather. The stout crossguard is steel and the pommel is of the Brazil nut shape that was quite popular at the time, both with Vikings and the rest of Europe. A beautiful and important sword. Comes with scabbard.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Brand Windlass
Product Use Living History, Test Cutting
Edge Blunt - Sharpenable
Specification

Overall Length: 91cm
Blade Length: 77cm
Blade Width: 5cm
Weight: 1360g
Steel: 1065 High Carbon

All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece

Reviews

Over joyed and surprised.Review by James
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I received my ulfberht sword today and my my am I surprised at how good it is for the price . It feels light in my hand and the grip/ hilt feels the right size for my hand. It is not overly long but short enough that your able to execute powerful swings without fear of it slipping out of hand .,the pommel is beautiful and keeps the hand on the grip. The blade is well shaped and I got it sharpened and yes it's very sharp . The scabbard I received hugs the blade very tight this I like as it doesn't rattle when worn , when held upside down the sword remains in the scabbard. The pictures on the site does it no justice . The etchings are very nice on the fuller and overall an excellent buy . I highly recommend this sword . (Posted on 15/08/2018)
Best budget sword on the marketReview by David
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If you are looking for a sword that you can use for cutting and don't want to pay fortune, this is your choice. For the price the blade geometry and balance is ok. In this price range usually you can get only wallhangers, but windlass made a diamond by releasing ulfberht, usually it is miss/win with their products as well but if you are lucky you can end up with very cheap nice sword. The one I received came nicely greased to prevent rusting - no big deal just need a tissue to wipe it a bit, came sharpened, It is sharp, catching my fingers and passed paper cut test, although I think could be a bit sharper... I can work on the edge a bit and do it razor sharp with good whetstones. Just minor defect with edge (it is windlass thats why) as it is a bit uneven (small depression in edge line) on one side on strong side of the blade but not big deal to be honest. I have to admit customer service is one of the best I have ever experienced, the guy (Steve or Steven) from the shop called me on next day to make sure I will be happy with outcome of sharpenning and if the blade will really suit my needs, really big pros for that. Overall, yeah I recommend. (Posted on 29/03/2018)

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