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Viikinkimiekka IV by jarkko1 Viikinkimiekka IV by jarkko1
Rautakautisen miekan jäljennös.

Viking age sword.

Blade is pattern welded. There is two pattern welded rods in the middle and solid carbon steel edges. Blade is forged to the shape, fuller is also forged. Blade is also hardened and it is sharp. Cross and pommel are forged from iron, covered with copper and silver wire inlays.

As model I used sword found from Perniö's Tiikkinummi. It is distinctive type 2, in typology of Petersen. That kind of swords date to the late vendel era and early viking age. Perniö's sword had hilt covered with silver wires only, but I used twisted silver and copper wires, and also some plain copper and silver wires, instead of that.

Grip and strap bridge are salix caprea wood. Scabbard is also wooden, covered with leather.

Blade lenght is 74,5 cm and overall lenght 90 cm.
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shishikokoroyuki Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
noneofurbussiness Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
lukosv Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is exquisite work man.
SaiyanSwordsman995 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Dude! This is awesome! How do you make Damascus steel by the way? As in what specific metals and techniques do you use to make it? I would like to learn how one day and make something out of Damascus steel.
jarkko1 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014   Artisan Crafter
In pattern welding I normally use 15N20, 1%carbon steel and/or soft iron. For sword edges I use normally 0,6%-0,8% carbon steel, solid or sometimes layered. As flux I use plain borax, not cooked or anything. And I do forgewelding in traditional coal forge.
SaiyanSwordsman995 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist
Very nice! Also, is there a way to add carbon to a piece of High Carbon steel? Like say I have a piece of 1018 steel and I want to make it into 1065 or 1075. Is there a way to do that?
jarkko1 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Its possible to add carbon into iron/steel. But thats a process that you really must immerse into. And when doing this old way the carbon content is not exact. So if you want to get some specific steel quality, just buy it. But if you are interested to make own steel from iron or even from ore, then carbonizing would be appropriate. But as said, the exact carbon content is mystery when doing carbonizing primitive way. I have not carbonized my self made iron, but maybe I'll someday try that. But Im not going to advise anybody in this subject, as I dont have any hands-on knowledge yet.
Hufflepuffcrazy22 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
How much praise and money would it cost to ask you to make me a sword and scabbard like this but cheaper? Nothing fancy just a well built sturdy handle and guard and no engraved pattern blade. I am 5'8 and 150 lbs just to give you a range on the balance of the sword. Thanks let me know.
zoukboy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous!
jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013   Artisan Crafter
thank you
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