Vendel Period Sword from Gotland (Broa), 8th C., Bronze Hilt



e), is a grave find from Broa, on the Swedish island of Gotland.
Many a find attributed to the Vendel era (roughly lying between the Migration Period and the Viking Age in Swedish history) bear testimony to the high quality of the craftsmanship achievable in Scandinavia at the time.

Shape-wise, this one-hander is a classic example of a Norse or Viking sword. The wide, double-edged high carbon steel blade is of medium length, with a broad fuller running down the entire blade length and fading out just before the point. The edges are not sharpened, whereas the tip is pointy, and the blade’s full tang is threaded to the pommel.
The gorgeous hilt of this single-handed sword is crafted from bronze, polished, and adorned with intricate motifs inspired by the original artefact. As swords with all-bronze handles may tend to be on the heavy side and somewhat unbalanced, we opted for a hollow hilt to circumvent this issue.

Our one-handed Vendel sword comes complete with a brown wood-and-leather scabbard with wooden suspension loop (max. belt width 5.5 cm) and brass throat and chape.

Please note that this medieval sword is not a battle-ready weapon. It is designed as a collector’s or decoration/display piece and is not suited for combat reenactment. Besides its quality as a collectible, it is also perfectly suited as a prop, e.g. to complete your costume.

– Blade material: 1065 high carbon steel (not stainless)
– Handle material: bronze
– Overall length: approx. 92 cm
– Blade length: approx. 76 cm
– Blade thickness: approx. 4.5 mm (approx. 2.5 mm at the tip + cutting edges approx. 1 mm)
– Hilt length: approx. 16 cm (grip approx. 10.5 cm)
– Max. blade width: approx. 5.3 cm
– Point of balance: approx. 13 cm from the guard
– Incl. wooden scabbard with genuine leather cover and brass fittings
– Weight without scabbard: approx. 1.32 kg
– Weight with scabbard: approx. 1.82 kg

Specs may slightly vary from piece to piece.

The steel used here is not rust-proof and might show slight surface tarnishing in places. We recommend you to maintain the blade on a regular basis, for example using Ballistol Universal Oil, which is ideally suited for steel care.

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