Viking Knife with Damascus Steel Blade and Wood-and-Bone Handle
with Hugin and Munin Motif
This hand-made Viking Age knife features a sharpened 256-layer Damascus steel blade. The wooden handle is a real eye-catcher: The top part is crafted from bone and adorned with a handsome motif of Hugin and Munin (or Huginn and Muninn), Odin’s two messenger ravens. In Norse mythology, the ravens flew over Asgard and Midgard and returned to the Allfather of the Gods every evening to tell him everything they had seen and heard. The grip terminates towards the blade with a red spacer and a brass collar. The butt is composed of brass rings separated by red layers and a brass butt cap with convenient eyelet (for threading a lanyard or drawing the knife from its sheath).
The beautiful tanned leather sheath with ornate brass fittings is equipped with a suspension ring allowing for comfortable belt carry.
Please note that, as the blade is sharp and fully functional, this knife is designed as a collector’s or decoration piece and not suited for combat reenactment!
The terms Damascus steel, damascene or pattern welded designate a compound steel forged out of two or more different types of steel. It is named after its birthplace, the Syrian city of Damascus, a former stronghold of the patterned steel production. As a common practice, a harder high carbon steel and a milder low carbon steel are repeatedly forge welded and folded together. The high carbon steel ensures a higher hardness, a better temperability and longer lasting edge retention, whereas the milder steel confers greater blade flexibility and tensile strength. This procedure, which arose in a time where steel qualities were often low and inconsistent, enables to combine the positive attributes of the various steel grades. Besides, the different shadings generated by the varying carbon content of the alternating layers engender strikingly beautiful patterns, such as the twisted motif called Torsion Damascus pattern or the Rose Damascus pattern. Undoubtedly, these unusual patterns partly explain why inherent magical properties were attributed to the Damascus steel blades of the Middle Ages.
– Blade material: Damascus steel (256 layers), sharp edge
– Handle material: wood and animal bone
– Overall length: approx. 16 cm
– Blade length: approx. 6.5 cm
– Weight: approx. 40 g (approx. 100 g with sheath)
– Leather-and-brass sheath with carrying ring