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CelticWebMerchant- Viking sword Ballinderry

Postby Celtic Britain » Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:32 pm

Petersen type K 850-900 AD
Swords of Petersen type K are forged in the second half of the 9th century. They are found in i.a. Norway, the Balkan and the Frankish countries and their length is 90 to 95 cm. The pommel has five to seven lobes, of which the middle one is always the longest. Petersen mentioned that this type is characteristic for the Frankish areas of the Rhine and expected that this type was introduced in Norway by Viking pillages. The grip is sometimes decorated with silver. The upper side of the grip ad the pommel are made from one piece of steel.
Swords of Petersen type K are forged in the second half of the 9th century. They are found in i.a. Norway, the Balkan and the Frankish countries and their length is 90 to 95 cm. The pommel has five to seven lobes, of which the middle one is always the longest. Petersen mentioned that this type is characteristic for the Frankish areas of the Rhine and expected that this type was introduced in Norway by Viking pillages. The grip is sometimes decorated with silver. The upper side of the grip ad the pommel are made from one piece of steel.

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Celtic WebMerchant is an originally Dutch organisation that develops and sells historical replica’s. We developed this sword to offer a high quality piece with some extra class. Most of the reproductions of the Ballinderry sword on the market have incorrect finishing or decoration. That is why we redesigned this historical, highly popular model for you. http://www.celticwebmerchant.com

This is a replica of a sword from the 9th century found in Ballinderry, Ireland. Similar swords were used throughout the entire Viking world, but were available for the highest ranks in society only.

The blade has a wide fuller and is engraved with the name +ULFBERHT+, refering to the Frankish smithy that made the original. The other side of the blade is engraved with the signs IXXXI, a decoration which is often found on Ulfberht`s blades. The engravings are deep and broad to imitate the original iron alloy. The blade is max. 6 cm wide and 79 long. It is made of carbon steel with a hardness of 54 HRC.
The grip is 15 cm long. It has two guards and a 7-lobed pommel. They are decorated with organic motives and are polished, as they were originally inlaid with silver. Part of the organic motives are based on similar sword designs, as they are partly lost on the original sword. The lobes of the pommel are lined with steel wire. The lower guard contains on the lower side an engraving of two `rabbit ears` and on the upper side an engraving of the name HILTIPREHT, probably the maker of the original grip. http://www.celticwebmerchant.eu/a-27199054/early-medieval-swords/viking-sword-ballinderry/
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