Darksword 1308 - The Oslo Viking Sword (sharpened & deluxe scabbard)Darksword 1308 - The Oslo Viking Sword (sharpened & deluxe scabbard)1
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The Vikings raided and colonized wide areas of Europe from the 9th to the 11th century and whose disruptive influence profoundly affected European history. These pagan Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish warriors were probably prompted to undertake their raids by a combination of factors such as overpopulation.
Optimized to deliver punishing, nearly unstoppable blows – it is balanced well enough that a surprisingly fast recovery is possible. In short, this sword is a fitting tribute to the fierce warriors who would have carried swords like this one. This piece is based on various 10th - 11th Century A.D. examples found in the Oslo Museum, Norway.
This sword comes with a wood core, deluxe scabbard as standard and includes a fully wearable, premium quality sword belt with suspension system - allowing it to be worn or for an extra flourish when not in use hung on the wall.
Unlike Darksword blades we sold in the past, the sword is automatically also given a thorough sharpening until it is paper cutting sharp!
The hilt itself is extremely attractive and authentic, with a detailed bronze crossguard and genuine leather wrap handle.
This design reflects the typical Viking sword while accentuating the artistic creativity of the "Northern people" or "Norsemen". The richly detailed handle completes this beautiful piece, providing a stunning contrast to this Viking sword's solid cast bronze, alive with traditional Viking patterns and crown with an "Odin" fashioned Viking pommel.
I personally tested an earlier version of this sword which had a slightly annoyingly wrapped hilt, but this new and improved version is much nicer to behold, and even stronger than ever before..
Click here for the review of this sword on SBG
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The review of this sword by SBG is in need of an update. Let me say that i have no knowledge regarding DSA's older production swords this update only applies to the current production Oslo sword. I have no affiliation with DSA other than being a very satisfied customer
Most of the unflattering comments seem to be focused around the blade. So lets start there. It has been said that DSA swords are blade Heavy,inflexible (to a degree) and have little to no distal taper. Making them very tough and able to take tons of abuse. Good but not right. I received my Oslo sword last week (third week of Sept. 2014.) I was curious about the taper.So, out came the digital calipers. The avg. came out to 4.05mm. Starting at approx. 6mm at the cross guard and ending a little past the fuller at a touch over 2mm. Measurements were taken every three inches for a total of ten increments. Little to no distal taper? Not with this sword. This seems to be within historical examples from what i can tell.
Flexibility was tested by putting the tip of the sword on a wooden 4x4 and i could flex the blade with with one hand. Certainly not overly stiff. I should also mention that the steel used for this sword is no longer 1060 it is 5160.
As for as balance. I set the sword on the thin edge of the back of a dining room chair and it settled into its balance 5" from the cross guard.
It is stated on the SBG review that the grip is 6" in length. This is misleading as i believe the measurement included the guard and pommel. The actual grip length is 4" excluding the guard & pommel. Speaking of the fixtures,they are no longer mild steel.They are bronze and nicely finished and antiqued.
Overall fit and finish is very good. I did not opt for the sharpening service as i am able to execute a nice convex edge on my own. This should not be difficult as the blunt edge is not nearly as blunt as expected.
The polish is very high, like a new chrome bumper. And this is where i have a very minor issue. I did say VERY MINOR didn't i? Up near the cross guard is a spot that is a little foggy. You have to hold it just right at the proper angle and in the right light to see it. Having gone 99% of the way to perfection, why not go all the way? Some will complain loudly about such a high polish wanting a more traditional brushed finish. For those folks a few minutes with a scotch brite pad will solve that issue.
The next thing i want to address is the scabbard. The leather is tightly fit. The stitching is good too. The chape or drag if you prefer is substantially thicker than i expected. I guess i expected sheet metal, maybe pot metal or something but it appears to be polished steel, nice. I only have one issue with the scabbard. And it's not a complaint. it's a preference really. The mouth of the scabbard has two pieces of triangular leather that attempt to protect the cross guard. When the sword is fully depressed into the scabbard the two (flaps?) for lack of a better term are pushed outward away from the cross guard. To me it just seems an awkward design. I would prefer these be removed and a flat top design used instead. Like i said this is just a personal preference and in no way effects the sword itself. And at least you get a scabbard. An extra many companies don't provide.
One last thing, price. They have gone up a bit. Cost for this on DSA's website is now $490.00 (blunt blade & scabbard). This might seem a bit much to some. I disagree. It seems to me that DSA has made great strides to rectify the problems of the past and considering you would have to spend hundreds maybe a thousand more to do any better. (And I'm not convinced yet that the others are worth THAT much more). I really do believe DSA provides the best bang for the buck or pound or... well you get the point.
P.S. i read on a blog post that DSA uses Del tin blades. I was told by Ayal (owner of DSA) "DSA does not now nor have they ever used Del tin as a supplier for sword blades". No disrespect to Del tin intended.
So... there you go. I am very pleased and would and would highly recommend this sword. If you have any concerns, give Ayal a call. He was very accommodating when i gave him a call and had no problem answering all my questions.