Catalogue – Viking Age swords

This sword was inspired by swords type L, specifically the Abigdon sword. This sword is not exact replica. The extensive description of the Abigdon sword and also the description of swords type L, that David Stříbrný is preparing, will be added later.

The sword was cooperation of Roman Blaha, who prepared semi-finished pattern-welded product for the blade; Viktor Švéda, who helped me with soldering of the pommel parts; Stanislav Vrbka, who hardened the blade and David Stříbrný, who provided his knowledge of swords.

Date: the second quarter of the 10th century
Find-place: C-15 in Gnezdovo, Russia
Original can be found:

We present the complete sword that was found in the mound C-15 in Gnezdovo, Russia, in 1874. The mound is dated to the second quarter of the 10th century.

Date: 800–900 
Find-place: Ballinderry bog drainage ditch, Ireland
Original can be found: National museum of Ireland, Dublin

This replica is made according to one of the best-preserved 9th century swords. The original sword can be found in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, see The sword was found in Ballinderry, Ireland. The sword is referred to the type K in Petersen’s Typology, thus dating back to the 9th century.

Find-place: River Witham close to Monks Abbey in Lincoln, England
Original can be found: British Museum

Let us introduce the replica of the sword inspired by the sword found in the River Witham close to Monks Abbey in Lincoln, England.

Find-place: Grave 223/51 in Staré Město, Na Valách.
Original can be found:

It is a collective project of two workshops. Our own and King’s Craft ( Roman Král) workshop. We would like to thank the customer, who initiated this project and who provided materials. Thanks as well to Radek Ješko, who made a hand-carved base for the scabbard.

Date: Late ninth century
Original can be found:

The pommel is decorated with twisted silver wire. The pommel and the crossguard were coloured in fire.

Date: 775-960 
Find-place: Peltorinne, Hämeenlinna (Tavastehus), Häme, Finland
Original can be found: Suomen kansallismuseo in Helsinki

This type holds an exceptional position due to the broad time period. It is also the most numerous of all the sword types from the Viking Age. This very common type of sword can be found in many publications.

Date: 900-980 
Find-place: Vestre Berg, Loiten parish, Akershus, Norway
Original can be found: Universitetes Oldsaksamling, Oslo (C13848a)

Our relica is inspired by the sword described above. The replica is adjusted for fencing and has got an iron pommel coloured in fire, besides other things, unlike the original.

Date: 980–1050 
Find-place: Sollerön, Dalarna, Sweden
Original can be found: Kulturhistoriska Museet in Stockholm

The sword was inspired by sepulchral finding:

Date: 9th century
Find-place: Mikulčice CZ – grave 280
Original can be found:

We are introducing the sword from the grave 280 from Mikulčice, Czech Republic. The grave 280, which was discovered near the IInd church in 1956, was the grave of a robust, 40-60 years old man and his sword, spurs and probably a knive. In the present day, the sword consists of four fragments, but before the fire of depository (2007), which destroyed the sword terribly, it was at least 835 mm long and had a weight of 810 g including scabbard fragments and conservation resin.

Date: the10th century
Find-place: Skatteby farm, Rogne parish, Østre Slidre, Valdres, Oppland, Norway

Description of our replica, that is inspired by the sword as written above:
Our sword has got a blunt blade modified for fencing. The holes, on customer’ s demand, are placed more symmetrically comapared to the original sword. The sword has shallow fuller at the crossguard like the original, as can be seen in photos. The point of balance of our replica is almost the same as it is on the original.

Date: Late ninth century
Find-place: Dovre, Norsko (C59045)
Original can be found:

Our replica is inspired by the sword from Dovre, Norway (C59045). Description of the original can be also found in David’s article:
The sword is sharp. The blade is 3 cm shorter than the original. Welded iron was used for both the lower and the upper crossguards.

Original can be found: