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Real or not: the famous viking women knife

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There is some precedent for these knives, its not viking though , but Danish iron age. 

 

Some good outlines of the blades I am talking about here further down the page.

 

 

https://nordiskaknivar.wordpress.com/tag/viking-knife/

 

I have seen pictures of the originals but alas i cant remember or find where.

 

here is what I say about the ones I make.

 

 

"Commonly known as the  Viking Blacksmith’s knife, this knife is is also known as a Viking Knife, Blacksmith’s Knife and also a Viking Lady’s knife. I have based the design of these blades upon some iron age bog find knives from Denmark, having altered the shape a little from the original to make them more ergonomic and feel good in the hand."

 

I like them as a form and for me they are a useful teaching took as I can get a student with no experience to forge them in a day...

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Basher

The picture of the original blades is interesting,

At the bottom is the lunet shape which I see as a leather workers tool, there are two others with hilts at 90 degrees to the blade that would also serve the same purpose ( either that or herb choppers)

 

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From a utilitarian perspective, they provide a useful function.  I made a small one as an exercise and gave it to my oldest son, who is a groundskeeper for a local family with large land holdings.  With no instruction or prompting from me, he naturally tied a string through the handle loop and hung it around his neck to use daily for clipping plants and general cutting purposes.  The loop knife seems to be one of the first "tactical" designs developed many moons ago...no matter the initial land of origin.

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As a proud Norwegian I hate to say this, but the Danes and the Swedes were also large players as both Varangians and also bladesmiths and the Swedes had the advantage (still) of having the highest quality iron ore in the world.

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