This style of Viking era sword is referred to as a Type K hilt in Petersen's Typology, due to the distinctive five-lobed pommel and straight guard. Find places for this hilt form are broadly distributed across Europe and as far south as the Balkans, dating from the late 9th into the late 10th centuries. The hilt components are investment cast in mild steel from original waxes carved by Leif Hansen under the direction of Peter Johnsson, based on Peter's first-hand examination and documentation of period originals of this type. The blade is classified as a Geibig Type 2 (which some consider a sub-classification of the Oakeshott Type X), hand-ground from 1075 steel to a fine satin finish, heat-treated by hand in the Albion Forge Shop. The grip is of stabilized birch, wrapped with black leather. Specifications Overall length: 36.5" Blade Length: 30.5" Grip Length: 3.75" Weight (approx.): 2.75 lbs
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Great sword and nice hilt. I don’t like Viking swords that lock in your hand between the guard and pommel or the pommel digs into bottom of your palm. The Clontarf doesn’t do that and fits nicely in the hand in any grip technique. The reason I gave 4 stars is because the fuller on one side is not completely symmetrical but not a bad thing. It’s Albion made and still an awesome product I love it!
In my opinion, this is the best of the Albion Squire Line Viking swords. It is also the only one that has an overall comfortable hilt. To be honest, there is very little difference between these and the Next Generation ones. The NG ones had the same pommels but they drilled a couple holes on the underside to give them a faux 2-piece pommel look. Between the NG and these are the leather grip wraps and a better finished sharp edge.
Great sword, excellent craftsmanship and a high degree of historical accuracy.