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THE VIKING SWORD

The Vikings were crafters of brute weapons. Preferring to use axes, the Vikings realized the value of a broad-bladed cut and thrust weapon. Forged mainly from iron and later from metals such as ore and raw steel, the Vikings slowly developed their crafting of swords to an artform. The pommel was usually narrow and wrapped in animal hide, leather or cloth. The blade was sharpened on both sides for maximum damage infliction. The Vikings sometimes named their swords after various Norse gods in the hopes that the deity would inspire them during battle.

THE ANGLO-SAXON AND NORMAN SWORD

The above sword did not change much in appearance during its dominant years on the battlefield. Inspired by Anglo-Saxon design, the weapon featured a narrow grip and a basic cross-guilt handguard. The blade was narrow and extended approximately 20 - 22 inches in length. It was primarily a cut and thrust weapon used to jab deeply into the leather and padded studded armor used during the times. In the 11th and 12th Centuries the sword was commonplace to the knight and foot soldier. However as chainmail and scale armor were improved, the effectiveness of the weapon gradually diminished.