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Cawood Viking Sword, 11th Century
  • Cawood Viking Sword, 11th Century

Cawood Viking Sword, 11th Century


Cawood Viking sword from the 11th century, made of 5160 carbon steel, a functional sharp blade.


The celebrated Cawood Sword, named after its discovery location near Cawood Castle in England, is regarded as one of the finest and best-preserved examples of an 11th century Viking sword in existence. Preserved in the mud of the bed of the River Ouse for almost a millenium, the sword has now found a permanent home in the Yorkshire Museum, where it is a leading attraction. What is almost certainly a sister sword was unearthed in Norway in 1888, giving a valuable clue to the Cawood Sword's origin.

Hanwei's version of the sword replicates the lobated pommel and steeplydowncurved quillons of the hilt perfectly, while the wide-fullered blade is reproduced in 5160 high-carbon steel. The weight and balance provide for a very usable sword. No details of the original scabbard are known, but the styling of Hanwei’s leather-covered version is typical of the period.


5160 High-Carbon Steel
Period Scabbard included
Based on Yorkshire Museum Piece
Overall: approx. 91.5 cm
Blade Length: approx. 76.2 cm
Handle Length: approx. 10.2 cm
Weight: approx. 1105 g
Blade Material: 5160 High-Carbon Steel

Specs may slightly vary from piece to piece.