Edition Viking Sword
(Petersen Type S(?), Geibig Type 4 Blade)
Some of the
most strikingly attractive swords from the Viking age have hilts with
gently curving upper and lower guards and five lobed pommels that represent
two beast heads on either side of a bulbous central dome. It might not
be unreasonable to classify this type as a version of the Petersen Type
S hilt that show some influence from Anglo-Saxon swords with curved guards.
The hilt of the Jarl is influenced by a few outstanding swords from different
collections. It is not a direct copy of any of them but is made to be
a homage to their character of commanding presence and elegance. The snouts
of the two stylized beast heads bite down on the encircling band of twisted
sterling silver wire that sits between pommel and upper guard and there
are pairs of thin twised wire separating the five lobes. These pairs of
wires are twisted alternate clockwise and counter clockwise to produce
a herringbone effect.
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 upper guard and pommel
are made in separate peices riveted together, just as were the originals.
Blades of Geibig type 4 (which might also be consider a sub-classification
of the Oakeshott Type X) are often smaller than the previous types. They
have stronger profile taper wich also carries through in the shape of
the fuller. We have chosen to make a version of this type that is larger
than the norm.
A beautiful sword found in the River Witham (now on display in the British
Museum) is of this unusual size and was the inspiration of our Geibig
4 blade. The type can be dated to the period from mid 10th C to the mid
11th C. Ingelrii inscribed swords may have this shape.
The Jarl is a sword of majestic character. The wide bold blade and the
dramatic volumes and shapes of the hilt combines with the glinting of
silver in a rich and commanding visual presence. The heft of this sword
is agile and seems to invite powerful cleaving blows, sweeping cuts and
The blades are hand-ground from high-carbon steel to a fine satin finish,
heat-treated by hand for maximum flexibility and to take a fine edge.
These swords are sold sharp, unless otherwise requested by the customer.
A Limited Edition
Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
sword is offered in a limited edition of only 500 collectible swords worldwide.
Overall length: 36.25" (92 cm)
Blade Length: 30.125" (77 cm)
Blade width: 2.2" (6 cm)
CoG: 5.25" (13.34 cm)
CoP: 19.5" (49.43 cm)
Weight: 2.8 lbs (1.27 kilos)
You can customize your sword's grip color -- see
the standard grip colors here.
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