Spatha swords

A spatha is a double-edged sword with a straight blade. This sword form existed as of 3 Century BC to the 12th Century AD, also popularly known as "Viking sword" fall into this category. The spatha was originally a rider sword of the Celts, probably of the Noriker (lat. Norici), where it developed from the shorter cutting and stabbing swords (which were also forerunners of the Roman gladius).

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Viking Spatha HERLEIFR

Viking Spatha HERLEIFR

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Roman Cavalry Spatha

Roman Cavalry Spatha

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Viking spatha GUNNARR

Viking spatha GUNNARR

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Viking sword Valhalla

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Spatha

The Celtic-Roman spatha was 75 cm to 110 cm long and had always an approximately 4 cm wide blade of rhombic cross-section without a fuller. The blades edges were parallel or at very low taper and were often selectively hardened. The grip was always made from organic materials such as wood and bone.

Even before the Christian era, the Germans also had this type of sword carried out by the Celts and started the independent development. The blade edges were also mostly parallel, however had sharpened tips. The grip was initially also made of organic materials from the migration period were also increasingly used metal parts, especially bronze, iron (often inlaid with silver), cast silver and even gold.

From the 10th Century, the spatha was replaced by the so-called broad-sword, which can be described as the classic knight sword.

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What is the difference between industrially rolled and hand-forged blade?

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.

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