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Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jul, 2005 2:31 am    Post subject: Viking langsax information         Reply with quote

There is a slight chance that in the not too distant future I might have an attempt at forging a Viking langsax. Until then, I want to do some research, as my knowledge on langsaxes is rather limited. I know it's a longshot, but is there any detailed information available anywhere how they were constructed (was the tang welded on, or forged out of the same piece f.e.?), blade geometrics (distal taper, point of balance etc.), how the pommels were attached (same as the double edged swords?). I'm also looking for some general information on what variations existed (fullered/not fullered, pattern welded examples?, hilt variations etc.), and just lots of pictures. What literature do I have to look out for?
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jul, 2005 2:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'll start with posting some pictures I have.

This one I saw in the Vikingship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark:


Some examples from Ireland:


(images come from this site)

And a gorgeous reproduction of a pattern welded example, which I saw at Birka, Sweden:


(For those interested, more photos from Birka and the rest of my Sweden trip can be found here )
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jul, 2005 11:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's a electronic edition of Pettersen's "the Norwegian Viking Swords"
http://www.aiusa.com/medsword/petersen/index.html

This includes the "lagsax", or, rather Single edged sword. The weapons in question are definitely more swords than Saxes; the Scramasax (translates large sax) was no longer than a large knife.

"this [fight] looks curious, almost like a game. See, they are looking around them before they fall, to find a dry spot to fall on, or they are falling on their shields. Can you see blood on their cloths and weapons? No. This must be trickery."
-Reidar Sendeman, from King Sverre's Saga, 1201
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Patrik Erik Lars Lindblom




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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul, 2005 1:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice Blade! Happy That one from Birka.
here are 2 more pic's from this Topic


Frid o Fröjd!
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Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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PostPosted: Fri 15 Jul, 2005 1:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies! Happy
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