The Vikings had a name for a sword like that. The Ulfberht.
|The pointy end goes into the other man.|
What is the Ulfberht? A genuine Ulfbehrt sword was forged from high-carbon, crucible steel to form a blade that was flexible enough to bend rather than break, which held an edge better than any iron, and which was valued more than gold or jewels. Viking chiefs and heroes carried these blades with pride, and as far as men of the time knew these swords were made with two parts metal to one part magic (there's even references to smiths who would use the bones of great beasts or dead warriors to heat their fires, which is pretty damned badass). Men were willing to shed blood for these blades, and those strong enough to carry them were feared indeed. This is particularly true since the Ulfberht was centuries beyond the iron age technology used by the Vikings' enemies.
In Secrets of the Viking Sword we get to watch as a modern-day swordsmith recreates the forging of one of these ancient blades using the tools and materials of the time. Free to all right here on PBS, this is a program that should not be missed.
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