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The Berserkr Sword

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  • Model: AA0101041


The hilt of the Berserkr is of Petersen type I very similar to the Type H but slightly less roiunded and more"blocky." This sword 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 beautifull 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; being a hybrid 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 Berserker 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.

There is a shallow fuller along the whole width and length of the blade. This eliminates dead weight effectively while allowing the sturdy spine induce a superior stiffness to the blade.

The single edged blade is classified by A Geibig as type 14 in his typology. The Geibig types 1 and 14 are contemporary and belong to the early Viking age Single edged Viking swords were still in use and made by the end of the 9th C and early 10th C. This massive sword with its shallow and broad fuller is a dedicated cutting blade that still allows for quick handling characteristics.

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 pommel is one piece.

The blade is made from a highly defined blade blank of 1075 steel that is hand-ground to a fine satin finish. Each blade is carefully heat-treated in the Albion Forge Shop to yield the best combination of edge holding and resilience. These swords will be sold sharp unless otherwise requested by the customer.

The grip is of stabilized birch wrapped with cord and covered with the highest grade vegetable-tanned calfskin.

Total length: 35"(89 cm)
Blade length: 29.9"(76 cm)
Blade width: 1.97"(5 cm) Subject to adjustments during development

This sword is offered in a limited edition of 500 swords worldwide.


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