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Viking Knife, Damascus Steel Blade and Wood/Brass Handle

  • Item no.: 6046
  • Our price: 134,95 €
  • including 19% VAT., postage free shipping
  • Shipping time: 2-3 workdays within Germany
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Viking Knife with Damascus Steel Blade and Wood-and-Brass Handle

This hand-made Viking Age knife (Seax) features a sharpened 256-layer Damascus steel blade and a wooden grip with generously sized brass wire inlay. The grip's collar is also made of brass. Delivery includes a beautiful tanned leather sheath with ornate brass fittings. The suspension system consists of two carrying rings, an additional plain ring serving as a strap divider and three leather straps. Such split strap suspension systems were quite widespread in the Viking Age. The strap divider was designed to allow for an optimal positioning of each individual strap, so that the sword or the seax could hang from the belt at the perfect angle to be drawn from its sheath quickly.

Please note that, as the blade is sharp and fully functional, this knife is designed as a collector's or decoration piece and not suited for combat reenactment!

The terms Damascus steel, damascene or pattern welded designate a compound steel forged out of two or more different types of steel. It is named after its birthplace, the Syrian city of Damascus, a former stronghold of the patterned steel production. As a common practice, a harder high carbon steel and a milder low carbon steel are repeatedly forge welded and folded together. The high carbon steel ensures a higher hardness, a better temperability and longer lasting edge retention, whereas the milder steel confers greater blade flexibility and tensile strength. This procedure, which arose in a time where steel qualities were often low and inconsistent, enables to combine the positive attributes of the various steel grades. Besides, the different shadings generated by the varying carbon content of the alternating layers engender strikingly beautiful patterns, such as the twisted motif called Torsion Damascus pattern or the Rose Damascus pattern. Undoubtedly, these unusual patterns partly explain why inherent magical properties were attributed to the Damascus steel blades of the Middle Ages.

Details:
- Blade material: Damascus steel (256 layers), sharp edge
- Handle material: wood and brass
- Overall length: approx. 23 cm
- Blade length: approx. 12 cm
- Weight: approx. 70 g (approx. 160 g with sheath)
- Leather-and-brass sheath with hanger

As the leather is hand-dyed, the colour shade of the sheath may slightly vary from piece to piece.

Please note:
We do not sell this product to customers under the age of 18. Please provide your birth date when ordering. We'll also need a copy of your ID-card or passport by email, scan, fax or mail.

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