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Nils Anderssen




Location: Drammen, Norway
Joined: 08 Dec 2005

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PostPosted: Sat 06 Aug, 2011 10:55 am    Post subject: A blunt, broad viking sword         Reply with quote

Hi,

As a fan of one edged viking swords I have for a long time wanted a blunt, broad one meant for re-enactment fighting. The problem is that most of the swords on the market is of the slimmer type or too heavy broader ones... so I ended up making one myself Happy

This is the result:



The blade is almost 72 cm long, 5 cm wide at the base, 4 cm before the tip, total weight is 1080g, grip is 9 cm and the balance point is about 10 cm in front of the cross. It is 6 mm thick by the crossguard and tapers down to somewhere between 2-3mm at the middle of the blade which then continues to the tip.

The blade is made by Ollin Sword Design on my specifications until the point where hand finishing starts. The rest is made by me.



The goal of this production was to make something that looks like one of the originals, but could be used for the kind of re-enactment fighting we do here in scandinavia. The sword has a powerful presence, with a lot of weight right in front of the hilt, but also a fairly light tip which makes it really agile.



It is not based on a single sword, but a couple of swords exibited in Oslo and the general idea of them.

The usage of bare wood in the grip is based on this sword exibited in Trondheim:





I hope you like the result Happy
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J.D. Crawford




Location: Toronto
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PostPosted: Sat 06 Aug, 2011 1:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, that's really impressive. You're going to be the envy of the other reenactors.

Aren't you worried about denting and scratching such a nice looking sword, after all that work?
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Peter O Zwart




Location: Ontario Canada
Joined: 28 Nov 2010

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PostPosted: Sat 06 Aug, 2011 6:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful! I really love the wood in the handle, and it matches the original wood perfectly. What kind of wood is it? It almost looks like birds eye maple but not quite.
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Johan S. Moen




Location: Kristiansand, Norway
Joined: 26 Jan 2004

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PostPosted: Sun 07 Aug, 2011 2:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

About time! Turned out really nice though, I love that blade. Happy

Now finish mine. Wink

Johan
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Nils Anderssen




Location: Drammen, Norway
Joined: 08 Dec 2005

Posts: 61

PostPosted: Sat 13 Aug, 2011 5:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi,

Thanks for the kind words Happy Sorry for answering so late.

J.D. Crawford
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Aren't you worried about denting and scratching such a nice looking sword, after all that work?


Not really. Yes, there will be scratches and rust... but I think it is nice to see something that has a nice finnish, but has been used a lot Happy The finnish will still be visible "underneath" all the signs of use...

Peter O Zwart
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Beautiful! I really love the wood in the handle, and it matches the original wood perfectly. What kind of wood is it? It almost looks like birds eye maple but not quite.


Good that you like it Happy I used masur birch in the handle.

Johan S. Moen
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Now finish mine.

Yeah.. it is time to do it now Happy I think I will be doing a bronze flower this weekend Happy


Here are a couple of the swords I was inspiered by. All exibited at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo.

The blade and overall feel:


The shaping of the "flat" sides of the pommel:


The stripes on the pommel:


The crossguard:
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Vinícius Arruda




Location: Brazil
Joined: 02 Aug 2009

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PostPosted: Sat 13 Aug, 2011 6:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Man, this work is really stunning!
I'm thinking on making one of these about some months, and now you helped me with some inspiration ^^ It's really amazing.
I love those single edged viking swords and, also, never found any for sale with a low price.

Congratz, you have a very nice piece of art Happy
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Stuart Thompson




Location: Walton-on-the-Naze
Joined: 15 Feb 2010

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PostPosted: Sun 14 Aug, 2011 8:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow! That is superb great job mate Big Grin I hope to see you kicking butt in the UK with that..and if so, may I have a swing? Razz
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