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Windlass Ulfberht Sword

Availability: Out of stock

$374.00

Quick Overview

Several swords with 'Ulberht' marked blades from slightly different time periods exist, some engraved in gratitude and reverance with Ulfberht's hallowed name. Prior to the Ulfberht swords, all European swords were of the pattern welded variety. The Ulfberht sword was a quantum leap in both technology and design. Good carbon steel blades with enough carbon content to produce excellent swords. Windlass' reproduction is a faithful copy of the original swords.

Details

An old legend has it that a Nordic smith named Ulfberht developed the first all steel blade. This crucial development achieved near-mythical status among warriors, making this one of the most important swords in the study of medieval weapons. Several of these blades from slightly different time periods exist, some engraved in gratitude and reverance with Ulfberht's hallowed name. Prior to the Ulfberht swords, all European swords were of the pattern welded variety. Soft iron bars were welded together with strips of steel, forged into a blade shape, then a steel edge was welded onto the sword. But, the Ulfberht sword was a quantum leap in both technology and design. Not strips, but good carbon steel blades with enough carbon content to produce excellent swords. Not only was the material better, but the design of the sword was a definite improvement. The blade tapered more sharply to the point than did previous blades. This put the balance of the sword closer to the hand, making a sword that was faster on both the stroke and recovery than previous blades. The engravings on both sides of the blade were photocopied exactly, so that our reproduction would be exactly the same, warts and all. Made of high carbon steel (actually better than the original), and beautifully balanced. The grip is wood wrapped with leather. The stout crossguard is steel, and the pommel is of the brazil nut shape popular at the time, both with Vikings and the rest of Europe. A beautiful and important sword. Comes with scabbard.

Specifications

SPECIFICATION METRIC IMPERIAL
Overall Length 920mm 36 1/4"
Blade Length 769mm 30 1/4"
Handle Length
Weight 1.36 Kg 2 lbs 16 oz
Point of Balance
Width at Guard 54mm 2 1/8"
Width at Tip
Thickness at Guard
Thickness at Tip
Blade Steel 1065
Specifications will vary slightly from piece to piece.