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Viking sword hilts

Postby swordflasher » 30 Jun 2015 15:36

Were the pommel and cross made of iron, generally?

Also are there many remaining grips extant, and what do we know about what material/s they were - wood core [with leather wrap], bone etc?
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Re: Viking sword hilts

Postby Luka » 05 Jul 2015 16:14

Most hilts were iron and covered with inlay of silver, gold, copper or copper alloys. Some were plain iron and some were bronze. Well, some were even bone. Some grips survive, wood, wood with metal rings on the ends, wood covered with leather or wire, I think I have also seen some bone grips. They are mentioned in sagas anyway.
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Re: Viking sword hilts

Postby stickwhistler » 17 Jul 2015 07:31

I put a thread in the Baboon Waster section re a viking sword found in Norway.
The hilt is very well preserved. Found 2011 - made approx' 1030 AD.

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Re: Viking sword hilts

Postby swordflasher » 17 Jul 2015 23:00

Thanks. I find it strange that some such hilts have a concave grip - that they go in at the middle. It seems un-grippy to me.
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