This style of Viking era sword is referred to as a Type Z hilt in Petersen's Typology, due to the distinctive five-lobed pommel and downturned spatulate guard. Find places for this hilt form date from the late 10th into the mid 11th 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 4 (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" Grip length: 3.75" Weight (approx.): 2.75 lbs
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understandably..the cheaper version of the Gotland...with the balance point 5 inches good for a viking sword.(Average 6).a shade off the weight of the end of the blades (reduced taper )would have made it perfect.