What is Unique About Norse Swords?

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Throughout history, there have been many iconic Norse swords. Sigurd’s sword Gram, Dainsleif used by King Hogni, and many more have shaped the history of Scandinavia. But what makes these Viking weapons unique? When it comes to Norse swords, there are many defining features. Materials, weight, and length are just some of the unique aspects and although other items like axes, bows and arrows, lances, and spears were used in battle, swords proved to be the most popular Viking weapon and still remain popular to this day.

How They’re Made

Norse swords are made with skilled craftsmanship by expert swordsmiths who have years of perfecting the most intricate of details. This Viking weapon is made as most traditional swords are by forging iron in incredibly high temperatures and hammering it to not only shape but create a strong and tough metal capable of dominating in battle. Norse swords are also pattern welded, giving the blade a springy iron core and hard edge of steel. This coveted viking weapon was also made with a short, single-handed hilt and deep runners to make it lighter, allowing warriors to swing faster and strike deadly blows.

Sword against blue sky

The Artistry

Swordsmanship is riddled with beautiful pieces of art, and Norse swords have some of the most intricate designs and details. Hilts were made of precious materials like herringbone, gold, silver, and encrusted with jewels. They were also inlaid with metals and wire as well for a unique design specific to this Viking weapon.

Swords were and still are a way of showcasing who you are and what you care for, and this was not lost on the Viking people. For centuries, their fierce battle style was embodied in their weapon choice and the craftsmanship of the expert swordsmiths who created their swords.

The History

Among Viking culture, weapons of all sorts were incredibly valued, but a sword was an expensive and prized possession beloved by its owner. Historically, Ulfberht variants have been some of the most iconic Norse swords. They were made of high-quality steel with very few impurities and high carbon content. This could only be made in a crucible, so this Viking weapon was hard to come by and a prized possession for the owner. Ulfberht swords were made over a 200 year period from 800 - 1000 A.D. and are still some of the most rare historical artifacts.

Build Your Own

While having a real Viking sword from 800 A.D. may not be possible, you can design your own authentic Norse sword and get it customized to suit your unique needs. At Swords of Northshire, we pride ourselves on our commitment to authenticity and expert artistry in all we do. Whether you’re looking for a Katana or want to learn about the nuances of Viking weapons, our team has everything you need to get the most out of your custom sword experience. Explore all we have today and invest in a one-of-a-kind piece you can add to your collection!

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