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This cloak clasp in Viking Age Urnes style is in the form of a dragon coiling up. The fibula is made of bronze and has a sturdy pin on the back to ensure proper fastening.
The Urnes style is the last of the six known Norse art styles and persisted until the beginning of the 12th century. It superseded the Ringerike style by the middle of the 11th century. The Urnes style is characterized by delicate representations of intertwined animals. It was named after a small Norwegian locality on the Lustra Fjord.
In the case of hand-forged blade our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it with hand on the anvil or under the monkey (drop hammer). By forging becomes the steel more compacted (denser). Industrially rolled spring steel blades are made by cutting steel plate into strips under drop shears. Then they are ground or milled/grooved and without further forging directly put into the annealing furnace and hardened in oil bath. The qualities of both kinds of blades do not differ from each other much since the industrial rolling is already very good. On forged blades usually have forge traces, which give them an authentic and unique look.