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Erik Youn




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PostPosted: Wed 13 May, 2020 2:16 pm    Post subject: Viking sword advice.         Reply with quote

I'll start off by saying I’m not a reenactor. And I have minimal experience with historical arms.
Iv decided Id like to buy a good viking sword.
My price range would be $600-1000.
I dont want a cheap wall hanger, I want a true and historically accurate or as accurate viking sword.
Iv looked at Albion, valiant arms, and the ones on wulflund. I want one with a peened pommel, I do not want a screw on.
I like the klepp norway sword made by Arma epona.
Id like something with an engraved hilt and pommel or even wire wrap.
If you guys could steer me to a true sword and not a stage prop id appreciate it.
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David Wilson




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PostPosted: Wed 13 May, 2020 2:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

$600 to $1000, you've got some room to find something decent.
Albion: While most Albions are more than $1000 nowadays, there are some exceptions, and used Albions pop up every now and then here on the classifieds. Or, you might consider the Squire Line Viking swords. Viking Shield ( https://www.viking-shield.com/weapons/viking-swords/ ) has three SL variants -- the Clontarf, the Gotland, and the Vinland. They're not quite as nice as the standard Albion swords, but they are more affordable, and still better than most other offerings in the price range.
Valiant Armory has some Viking styles in their Special Edition collection that are worth looking at, as well: https://www.valiant-armoury.com/collections/special-edition
Arms & Armor has the Shifford Viking sword, which is also of high quality: https://www.arms-n-armor.com/collections/swords/products/shifford-viking-sword

Any of these should fill your need for a good quality Viking-era reproduction sword.

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Erik Youn




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PostPosted: Wed 13 May, 2020 4:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David Wilson wrote:
$600 to $1000, you've got some room to find something decent.
Albion: While most Albions are more than $1000 nowadays, there are some exceptions, and used Albions pop up every now and then here on the classifieds. Or, you might consider the Squire Line Viking swords. Viking Shield ( https://www.viking-shield.com/weapons/viking-swords/ ) has three SL variants -- the Clontarf, the Gotland, and the Vinland. They're not quite as nice as the standard Albion swords, but they are more affordable, and still better than most other offerings in the price range.
Valiant Armory has some Viking styles in their Special Edition collection that are worth looking at, as well: https://www.valiant-armoury.com/collections/special-edition
Arms & Armor has the Shifford Viking sword, which is also of high quality: https://www.arms-n-armor.com/collections/swords/products/shifford-viking-sword

Any of these should fill your need for a good quality Viking-era reproduction sword.


I would be willing to go up in price for the right sword. I do like the Albion Jarl and the Valiant Hjalmarr.
I looked at the SHIFFORD OAKESHOTT TYPE X on Arms & Armor and for $960 I could not live with that handle or pommel it looks pretty shoddy for that price.
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Henry R. Gower




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PostPosted: Wed 13 May, 2020 4:57 pm    Post subject: Viking Sword         Reply with quote

May I suggest Vlad Cervenka from the Czech Republic. He has at least three offerings on his web site, right in the middle of your price range, with superb, I mean really superb wire wrap handles.
Henry
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Erik Youn




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PostPosted: Wed 13 May, 2020 5:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Viking Sword         Reply with quote

Henry R. Gower wrote:
May I suggest Vlad Cervenka from the Czech Republic. He has at least three offerings on his web site, right in the middle of your price range, with superb, I mean really superb wire wrap handles.
Henry

I have looked at those, I will contact him for a price.
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John Kinsey




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PostPosted: Wed 13 May, 2020 5:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The main difference, IMO, between Albion and A & A is that Albions (non-Museum line / Oakeshott / Vigil) are more of a composite of characteristics of a given type / “family“ of swords, while A & A swords usually represent a specific actual example. Both will feel like actual period weapons in the hand, and both make fantastic swords. A & A swords look and feel a little more “handmade” to me, less “perfect,” which I consider a plus, but might be a negative, depending on what you’re looking for. One thing to keep in mind is that A & A is a custom shop — if you want a Shifford with more bling on the hilt hardware (engraving, wire accents, etc), they’ll do it, no problem. You can’t go wrong with either of them IMO.

The Valiant swords that I’ve handled are nice, but not in the same class as far as historic accuracy IMO. They are pretty clean work, they handle well (too well in some cases, way too much profile taper on the Viking-type that I got to hold) they’re not based on the same knowledge and understanding of actual period swords. Value-wise, they’re great I’d say considering you get a pretty darn nice scabbard for roughly the same price as the sword alone from Albion or A & A, but it’ll be a nice modern “Viking-ish” weapon as opposed to something that wouldn’t feel out of place transported back 1000 or 1200 years.

It really depends on what you individually prioritize in your collection IMO.
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Erik Youn




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PostPosted: Wed 13 May, 2020 6:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Viking Sword         Reply with quote

Henry R. Gower wrote:
May I suggest Vlad Cervenka from the Czech Republic. He has at least three offerings on his web site, right in the middle of your price range, with superb, I mean really superb wire wrap handles.
Henry

Iv looked at some of the photos of the reviews on Vlad Cervenkas page and that is the kind of sword I would be interested in.
I emailed him and I will see if I receive a reply, the two emails on the sight didn't work
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J.D. Crawford




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PostPosted: Thu 14 May, 2020 1:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

FYI, I just put up an Albion Squire line Viking + scabbard for sale on this site. Its in your price range.
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