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Old December 14th, 2012, 03:27 PM   #11

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So as far as we know, it may be a one of a kind design?

Thanks for the respond, also.
I would think so. In my experience Viking Age swords exclusively had short cross guards (straight or curved), and the early Medieval North European swords, which had elongated cross guards, had them in 90 degree angles like these:

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Such elongated and curved cross guards only became widespread on one handend swords in Northern Europe during the 14-15th century.
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Old December 15th, 2012, 03:44 AM   #12

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People are rightfully fascinated with swords. I like them myself. However the fact is that very few Vikings could afford swords. Most vikings carried spears or axes, because they were cheap. Also the famous "horned" Viking helmets you see in movies and art were extremely rare. Most Vikings wore the standard steel pot that most troops in the Dark Ages wore. And for my last observation: Most Vikings were merchants, not warriors.
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People are rightfully fascinated with swords. I like them myself. However the fact is that very few Vikings could afford swords. Most vikings carried spears or axes, because they were cheap. Also the famous "horned" Viking helmets you see in movies and art were extremely rare. Most Vikings wore the standard steel pot that most troops in the Dark Ages wore. And for my last observation: Most Vikings were merchants, not warriors.
Well, the horned helmets... It's more like "completely non-existant".
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Having ornaments like horns in the helmet kinda defeats the purpose of having one in the first place. That is instead of deflecting incoming hit horns would only act as a guide for it.
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seems like people here know really much about vikings
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