Godfred Viking Sword by Hanwei Forge. Hand forged as a single piece; pattern welded, guard and pommel. Wood scabbard covered in suede leather with bronze fittings.
12/16/22 back in stock, limited quantity. Named for the feared 8th century Viking raider, The Paul Chen Godfred Sword is built around a beautifully patterned folded steel blade to replicate the pre-9th century originals. The interwoven leather grip, complemented by a Damascus guard and pommel, is matched by the leather-covered wood scabbard with bronze detailing and integral belt hooks. Superbly balanced, due to the deeply fullered distal tapered blade profile, the Godfred is a true tribute to the legendary Norse smiths and the warriors that used them.In fact I'd put it on par with my Angus Trim 1315. As a cutter it performs pretty well also. The wide, relatively stiff blade cuts water bottles and small diameter bamboo well. Overall: 34 3/4" Blade Length: 28 3/4" Handle Length: 5 3/4" Weight: 2lb 7oz Point of Balance: 4" Point of Harmonics: 20" Width at Guard: 1.87" Width at Tip: 1.21 Thickness at Guard. Damascus blade, guard, and pommel. Interwoven leather grip - Leather covered wood scabbard with bronze fittings and integral belt hooks. Comments : This sword is superb, historically accurate and symbolic of the Viking spirit that conquered large parts of Europe in the 8th, 9th, and 10th centuries. I'm a collector and a weekend warrior, active in my local HEMA group and Renaissance Fairs so I get a lot of first-hand feedback and the Godfred has excellent reviews.
Any questions just ask, I'm happy to help. Pattern Welding had been in use since the 2nd and 3rd century AD, and Vikings commonly used it for decoration as well as structural integrity. The technique involves folding and forging alternating layers of steel into rods, then twisting the steel to form complex patterns when forged to improve the performance of sword blades By the 6th and 7th centuries, pattern welding had reached a level where thin layers of patterned steel were being overlaid onto a soft iron core, making the swords far better as the iron gave them a flexible and springy core that would take any shock from sword blows to stop the blade bending or snapping.