Scandinavian Vendel Period Sword with Tin-Plated Brass Hilt, incl. Scabbard
This beautiful Vendel Period sword is modeled on a finely crafted, richly adorned find excavated from a boat grave on a ship burial site near Uppsala, Sweden. Owing to its sumptuous, intricate detailing, the original archaeological piece is believed to have been the prestige weapon of a 7th / 8th c. Swedish chieftain, nobleman or elite warrior. 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 at the time.
Shape-wise, this single-handed sword is a classic example of a Norse weapon. The double-edged blade with broad fuller is forged out of EN45 spring steel. The edges are not sharpened and the blade’s full tang is riveted to the pommel.
The approx. 9 cm long, 1.5 cm thick guard and the generously sized pommel are cast from brass and closely recreate the highly detailed engraved motifs and patterns of the original artefact. The tin-plated finish, which gives them a silver-like appearance, is accented by contrasting antiqued brass bands. Just like many original examples from this time period, the pommel is composed of several parts riveted together. The pommel cap is inlaid with red enamel that replicates genuine garnets. The wooden core grip is bound in brown leather.
This Vendel one-handed sword comes complete with a brown wood-and-leather scabbard with wooden suspension loop (max. belt width 5 cm) and tin-plated brass throat and chape.
Please note that this 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.
– Material: EN45 spring steel blade (high carbon steel, not stainless), brass guard and pommel (tin-plated), leather-bound wooden handle
– Overall length: approx. 89.5 cm
– Blade length: approx. 73 cm
– Blade thickness: approx. 4 mm (cutting edges approx. 1 mm)
– Hilt length: approx. 16.5 cm (grip approx. 11 cm)
– Max. blade width: approx. 5 cm
– Point of balance: approx. 11.5 cm from the guard
– Incl. wooden scabbard with genuine leather cover and tin-plated brass fittings
– Weight without scabbard: approx. 1.4 kg
– Weight with scabbard: approx. 1.8 kg