This image contains a side-by-side comparison between an authentic and reproduction of the Ulfberht sword. Produced by an unknown process for a two-hundred year period, these swords stood far superior in quality to others of the same era. As such, the mystery and prestige of these weapons inspires that held by the blades in the legends of the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings.
This exquisite historical Viking age knife was probably made from a cut-down sax blade. The blade is pattern welded, and the fittings, shown in more detail to the left and right, are magnificent. The grip is in the form of a bird, with decorations incised into the wood and bronze making up the grip. The total length of the knife is 31cm (12.5in). X-ray images show that the tang is quite short.
Caucasian qama / kindjal ), 1856–57, 1861, steel, bone, silver, gold, shark skin, ivory, niello, iron, L. with sheath 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm); L. without sheath 19 1/16 in. (48.4 cm); L. of blade 14 3/4 in. Wt. 12.8 oz. (362.9 g), Met Museum.