Small Viking Knife with Damascus Steel Blade and Wood-and-Bone Handle with Twin Serpents
This hand-made Viking Age knife features a 256-layer Damascus steel* blade. The wooden handle is a real eye-catcher: The top part is crafted from bone and adorned on each side with a handsome motif of the Midgard-Serpent. The grip terminates towards the blade with a brass collar, and the brass butt cap is equipped with a 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.
* 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, 4340 and 1070 steel)
– Handle material: wood, animal bone and brass
– Overall length: approx. 17 cm
– Blade length: approx. 8 cm
– Weight: approx. 50 g (approx. 100 g with sheath)
– Leather-and-brass sheath with carrying ring