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Damaskoitu "viikinkimiekka". Tämä ei ole millintarkka jäljennös mistään tietystä kappaleesta, mutta malliltaan se jäljittelee eräitä merovingiajan lopun/viikinkiajan taitteen miekkoja.

Pattern welded "viking sword". As model for this one I used some finnish swords from late vendel era / very beginning of viking age. These swords still have some similarities to vendel swords, like handle parts casted from bronze and shape of the pommel. In these swords guards are one piece, unlike those of vendel swords, but in some cases they are shaped so that they remind those three part guards of vendel swords. One good example of these swords can be seen here [link]

Blade is pattern welded and it is forged to the shape. Fuller is also forged. Handle parts are casted from bronze, and they are hollow like the original ones. Hollow is filled with gybsum and adhesive. Grip and strap bridge are made from salix caprea wood. Sheath is wooden, covered with leather. Inside there is woolen lining.

Lenght of the sword is 93 cm, blade lenght is 76 cm. Weight is 1320g .
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theblindsage Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Beautiful work....
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
thanks
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Johnblount Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This Is A Really Nice Piece...
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013   Artisan Crafter
thanks
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acne27 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
You do very good work. I am writing a fantasy book and would like to use some of your designs in said book if you would allow me. If this is agreeable to you (or not) please contact me at my email address ach271@yahoo.com.
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kojakhan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I look at this picture every once in a while, and it never ceases to stun me how beautiful of a craft this sword is. I hope to one day create a weapon that comes close to rivaling the beauty of this piece
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the praise
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FromWitheredNights Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Looks really heavy and hard to handle :D
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:iconjarkko1:
jarkko1 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Actually its not any heavier that viking age swords normally are. I think that it handles pretty nicely.
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FromWitheredNights Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
This.... Wow. o.o
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:iconkojakhan:
kojakhan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Fucking gorgeous
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Wonderful blades!
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Y-O-D-H Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Enchanting
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veralfar Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful, it almost brings tears to my eyes.
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Arazor77 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
amazing and nice!
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vikingfurqueen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Inspiring, beautiful.... Calls out to be weighed in the hand.
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   Artisan Crafter
The blade could be bit lighter, but its not too heavy however.
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EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Tämäkin on aivan mieletömän hieno!
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Kyllähän siitä lopulta ihan makia tuli
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spotfrog Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Since the pommel is filled, I assume its size isn't for balance. The width of the pommel on the swords has always seemed unwieldy to me, like it would interfere with the palm or wrist. Then again I've never held one... Nice work!!
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Some vendel/viking age handle parts are really wide, and those biggest ones are often somewhat hollow, so their size is not only for balance it was just fashion back then. Anyway, I dont find those handles too uncomfortable for wielding.
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ewalther Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Masterful craftsmanship! Beautiful.
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red20 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Another thing of beauty, courtesy of Jarkko. :D
I just love your work so much, you can always see the passion that goes into it.
One day I really want to become a customer, hehe. Perhaps a puukko for my daughter when she comes of age. ;)
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Heh, thank you :) It was interesting to made those handle parts from casted bronze, as I had not casted anything for a while.
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Oukami-SuGo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
thanks
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psypop Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I had not heard of "salix caprea" wood so I looked it up, the burl grain is quite lovely-and it is weeping pussy willow? It would seem the burls would be weak on a sword grip and could possibly break apart with a strong blow-I cannot find a source for this wood...is it difficult to work with?
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Good burl is often much more robust than normal wood. And even if it would be weaker than some other material, I dont see it as a problem. Hollow bronze casted guards and pommels of vendel age (and there were some of them through viking age as well) are anyway not so good in combat than forged iron ones. Salix caprea is not really hard wood, softer than birch, and it is easy to work with.
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psypop Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
That's good to know I have not worked with any burl I thought might be brittle. It sure makes beautiful hilts. Do you harvest the wood yourself and cure it? Your work is most impressive really appreciate your sharing
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Most of woods that I use are self collected. When working with burls, you must be first sure that the piece is good one, and there is no splits. If there is, it can break pretty easily, but if it is solid, it is often really robust then.
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WhiteWolf-91 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Beautiful <3 I think I'm in love...
Is it well-balanced also?
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Balance point is about 16,5cm from the handle. Its pretty normal for sword from vendel/viking age. I think that its quite nice to wield.
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NocturnalDarkness Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Magnificent work; truly awesome in the old and new senses.
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
thanks
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misiek100 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
AWESOME
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
thanks
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umbbe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous!
Do you think it'd be sturdy enough for actual battle?

I don't know nearly enough about blacksmithing, but the pattern welding must not have been the easiest thing to do?
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks. Ofcourse, its at least as sturdy in battle that some original swords like this were. However, that kind of casted handle parts are not so robust that ones forged from iron, and thats surely the reason why they were mostly iron ones in later swords.

Yes, pattern welding is not the easiest thing.
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DVHeld Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is awesome
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
thanks
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psypop Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
If I were a Viking I would love this blade at my side and would be proud to pass on to my heirs...beautifully done! The pattern weld is quite striking-nice to see modern blade smiths turning out work of this caliber!
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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SilverSongAlchemist Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
thanks
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HarriPelle Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Kaunista.
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
kiitti
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I can't decide if I like the sword or the sheath better. Both gorgeous!
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Heh, thanks!
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Mskoll Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very well done!
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jarkko1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
thanks
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