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Matthew Bunker




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep, 2014 11:42 am    Post subject: Valsgärde 8 sword         Reply with quote

I'm engaged in an ongoing piece of 'Vendel Madness', reconstructing the arms and equipment found in the Valsgärde 8 boat burial (Uppland, Sweden).
Having seen the excellent work that he's done for other members of Wulfheodenas and also having spent time with him in Sweden last year (where we were able to examine the sword at first hand), there really was only one choice for me when it came to a sword-smith - Mr Vince Evans who is, in my opinion, one of the finest exponents of the craft working today.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Suffice to say, I'm very, very pleased.
Oh, and those fittings?
Carved.
Not cast, carved.

Enjoy.



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PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep, 2014 11:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh my goodness.

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PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep, 2014 11:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow. That is beautiful.
Still hammering away
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Lee O'Hagan




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep, 2014 12:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Absolutely beautiful sword,
congrats
Cool
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J. Nicolaysen




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep, 2014 1:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What a work of art and a great way to bring something from the past for us all to love. Vince Evans is truly an amazing maker. I suppose you will be making the scabbard Matthew?

Have all the finds from the Valsgarde been reproduced like this then, or is this an ongoing project with more swords and such to be reproduced?
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Tim Lison




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep, 2014 2:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's gorgeous! The work on the ferrules is what impresses me the most. They fit so tightly with the grip and look so seemless. Really amazing! Can't wait to see the scabbard!
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Jerry Monaghan




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep, 2014 3:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Matthew.
Congratulations an wonderful sword it is sooo easy to be hooked on this time line of art swords

Regards

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PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep, 2014 6:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

How beautiful! Is the grip oosik?
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PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep, 2014 8:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Scott Hrouda wrote:
How beautiful! Is the grip oosik?


Vince Evans wrote:
Valsgärde 8 -- composite pattern welded blade, gilt bronze fittings, horn guard spacers, black ash burl grip.

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David Huggins




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Sep, 2014 9:23 pm    Post subject: Vaslgarde 8 recreated         Reply with quote

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Have all the finds from the Valsgarde been reproduced like this then, or is this an ongoing project with more swords and such to be reproduced?


Not all but some Vendel Period Scandinavian swords have been recreated for Wulfheodenas members with other swords under commission. Here you can see further examples and other period sword and seax recreations by Vince Evans, Patrick Barta, grzegorz, Kulig Petr florianek, Robert Moc, Owen Bush and Leo todeschini,Dave Roper, Mark Routledge etc.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.456247424497081.1073741836.108333802621780&type=3

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Dave Huggins

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Gossart Pierre




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PostPosted: Sun 28 Sep, 2014 12:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very beautifull sword !

for information (I know that is not really the subject) but Patrick Barta sell a beautifull calendar 2015 > visit his site
I have just receipt mine , not Vendel swords but some viking and Sutton Hoo swords

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PostPosted: Sun 28 Sep, 2014 11:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Every time you think you've seen everything in this area of interest, somebody comes along with something that makes you think 'Wow'. This is one of those times.
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PostPosted: Tue 30 Sep, 2014 9:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Terrible and fell like a star falling upon the helms of foes.
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Shahril Dzulkifli




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PostPosted: Tue 30 Sep, 2014 6:12 pm    Post subject: Valsgärde 8 sword         Reply with quote

Here's the original hilt of the Valsgärde 8 sword.

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Jussi Ekholm




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PostPosted: Wed 15 Oct, 2014 2:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is really awesome sword, can't stop looking at all the small details. Happy
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Matthew Bunker




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PostPosted: Thu 16 Oct, 2014 2:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

All of the Valsgärde 8 items that I have to date, brought together.


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J. Nicolaysen




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PostPosted: Sat 18 Oct, 2014 2:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Seriously awesome. I wish I could get over there to see the stuff in person!

I still wonder if a man's beard gets tangled in the mail of that helmet. I'm always catching mine on a jacket zipper or what have you, so I shave it off for a while. I'll never have the true thegn's beard I'm afraid. I'd be a Wulfheodenas washout.

It's a pretty serious dilemma. Probably just have to go with a different helmet or something, but that one is certainly one of my favorites.
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Matthew Bunker




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PostPosted: Sun 19 Oct, 2014 1:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J. Nicolaysen wrote:
Seriously awesome. I wish I could get over there to see the stuff in person!

I still wonder if a man's beard gets tangled in the mail of that helmet. I'm always catching mine on a jacket zipper or what have you, so I shave it off for a while. I'll never have the true thegn's beard I'm afraid. I'd be a Wulfheodenas washout.


My beard varies between 'full' and 'awesome' and has never become snagged or tangled in mail.

"If a Greek can do it, two Englishman certainly can !"
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PostPosted: Sun 19 Oct, 2014 6:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Excellent news. I was worried I might have to be a Norman...

I love looking at that sword endlessly. What other items from the Valsgarde 8 would you like or are planning to reproduce? I have to say for most people, the sword itself, or the helm would be a once-in-a-lifetime acquisition, but I admire your efforts to bring many of these pieces to a larger audience. It is a real service. The splints look very nice also.
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Matthew Bunker




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PostPosted: Sun 19 Oct, 2014 9:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J. Nicolaysen wrote:
What other items from the Valsgarde 8 would you like or are planning to reproduce?


The seax is already in production, due next month. The spearhead next.
The shield (Shield II) will follow, as will the arrows.

After that I'll turn my attention to the non-martial items, the game board, the glass vessels, drinking horns, decorated wooden bowls etc.

"If a Greek can do it, two Englishman certainly can !"
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