|Here are some Viking swords as displayed in the Stockholm, Sveden, museum:|
|The swords are still there (May 2015) but so badly illuminated that picture taking is well-nigh impossible. At least the second from the right shows an interesting pattern welded structure shown here.|
|Here is a
"Viking" sword with a precious hilt displayed in Nürnberg;
Germany. The Vikings, however, came never close to Nürnberg. That sword
was actually found in the Rhine close to Mannheim (South Germany) and is dated
to the 9th century.
It is thus for sure not a Viking sword but a Frankish sword. Nürnberg is actually right in the heart of the German / Bavarian district now called "Franken".
|Here is a structure picture of a chisel, made around 600 AD in what is now Switzerland.|
|The pictures shown is rather similar
to the pictures
given for wootz steel or the
sword", supposedly made from wootz steel.
The chisel consists of eutectoid to hypereutectoid steel (0.8 wt % -1 wt % carbon) that is rather clean otherwise. Slag is not obvious in the picture shown above nor in the other pictures shown in the publication; the investigators report "few slag inclusions".
|A Viking sickle (plus handle and and a pair of scissors).|
|Another sword with "ornaments", this time made by inlaying brass; a rather unusual technique, The sword was or is in the Nijmegen museum. Its history is a bit unclear, it was probably dug up during construction a long time ago. Ypey guesses that the swrod was forged around 1100±, possibly after 1150.|
Books and Other Major Sources
Critical Museum Guide: Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus; Denmark
Critical Museum Guide: Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, Germany
Museums in Athens and Olympia
11.4.2 Blades of Viking Era Swords
11.4.3 Ulfberht Swords
Large Pictures chapter 11.4
Illerup Swords with Special Patterns
11.4. The Transition to All-Steel Swords / 11.4.1 Viking Swords
Migration Period Swords and Fancy Hilts & Pommels
Mythology of Wootz Swords: Cutting a Stone
© H. Föll (Iron, Steel and Swords script)