Forging an Ulfberht viking sword!

by sikbitz

Man at arms Reforged back at it again with another fantastic sword build!

This time they’re taking on the legendary viking sword known the world over for its quality and durability. This is the Ulfberht!

The Ulfberht swords are about 170 medieval swords found in Europe, dated to the 9th to 11th centuries, with blades inlaid with the inscription +VLFBERHT+ (and variants). That word is a Frankish personal name that became the basis of a trademark of sorts, used by multiple bladesmiths for several centuries.

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Spatha, an Ulfberht sword at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum!

 

The original Ulfberht sword type dates to the 9th or 10th century, but swords with the Ulfberht inscription continued to be made at least until the end of the Viking Age in the 11th century. A notable late example found in Eastern Germany, dated to the 11th or possibly early 12th century, represents the only specimen that combines the Vlfberht signature with a Christian “in nomine domini” inscription (+IINIOMINEDMN).

While Man at arms do a great job of explaining what an Ulfberht sword is I’ve included this hour long documentary if you would like to learn a bit more about them!

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