Edition Viking Sword
(Single-edged Petersen type B, Geibig
type 14 Blade)
was inspired by a splendid weapon discovered 1909 in the remains of a
burial mound at North Arhus Farm, Hjartdal Parish, Telemark, Norway. This
is one of the most beautiful examples of this type. The dimensions of
the blade on the Berserker will be very close to this particular original.
The Berserker is also influenced by other single edged swords Peter has
seen and handled. Although being a hybrid of the features of several swords,
it is still a clear example of the type based on study of originals.
The single edged Viking swords were most common in Norway and were developed
from the longsax of earlier centuries. The character of the Berserkr blade
is more hefty than a double edged sword of the same size, while still
being far from cumbersome -- a trusty, no nonsense shield splitter.
The single edged blade is classified by A Geibig
as type 14. The Geibig types 1 and 14 are contemporary and belong to the
early Viking age, Single edged Viking swords were still in use by the
end of the 9th C and early 10th C. There is a shallow fuller along the
whole width and length of the blade. This eliminates dead weight effectively,
while allowing the sturdy spine to induce a superior stiffness to the
This massive sword, with its shallow and broad fuller, is a dedicated
cutting blade that still allows for quick handling characteristics.
Because of its aggressive and brutal character, we decided to name it
for the fierce warriors of Ošin. Here is some information from Neil Price's
book, The Viking Way, regarding the Berserkr:
"...his [Odinn's] men went [into battle] without mailcoats
and were as wild as dogs or wolves, they bit their shields, were strong
as bears or bulls; they killed people, but they themselves were hurt by
neither fire nor iron; this is called going berserk.
-- Ynglingasaga 6 (translation, Neil Price)
"The term berskr was once thought to refer to the wearing of a bearskin,
a 'bear-shirt' derived from ber-, 'bear'. This would fit well with the
idea of the ulfhednar as 'wolfskin-wearers', which is an uncontroversial
derivation (cf. Muller 1967), but it would certainly not explain the practical
encumbrance of actually wearing a bearskin. Curiously, very few of those
advocating the 'bear-shirt' variant seem to have considered this. However,
the term is usually interpreted now as meaning 'bare-shirted', following
Noreen (1932) and Kuhn (1968) which would refer either to a man entering
battle wholly or partly naked, or else without armour in the sense of
a 'shirt' of mail. Whichever interpretation is followed, there are clearly
a number of bear-like associations consciously intended in the name..."
The hilt components are investment cast in mild steel from original waxes
carved by Peter Johnsson, based on Peter's first-hand examination and
documentation of period originals of this type. The hilt of the Berserkr
is of Petersen type B, very similar to the Type H, but slightly less rounded
and more "blocky." The pommel is one piece.
A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
sword is offered in a limited edition of only 1,000 collectible swords
Total length: 36" (91.4 cm)
Blade length: 29.56" (75 cm)
Blade width: 2" (5 cm)
CoB: 4.5" (11.4 cm)
CoP: 18.6" (47.3 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 10.6 oz (1.2 kilos)
You can customize
your sword's grip color -- see the standard grip
The Berserkr (Type B)...
before this limited edition collectible sword runs out!