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Viking age swords type V with inlaid hilts


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Both swords are Petersen’s type V and has the same structure of inlay.
The sword from “Gnezdovo”
The authentic sword was found in 1984 during excavation of Barrow Dn-4 (the Dnieper Barrow Group)
The ornamentation of the lateral sides of the hilt of the authentic sword is in a poor state of preservation, but the style of ornamentation is still clear.
On the crossguard and on the pommel base there is ornamentation in the form of lines of triangles and rhombuses. The triangles are inlaid with 9 silver wires. The space between them is taken by rhombuses made of 9 twisted “red” (copper) and “white” (silver) wires. There is a thin line between the rhombuses and the triangles, inlaid with one “red” metal (copper) wire. The ornamentation of the lateral sides of the pommel head is in a poor state of preservation. However, the presence of “flags” is obvious and the remaining surface was continuously coated with silver.

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The encrustation (inlaying) density is about 2 wires per 1 mm.

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The lower surface of the pommel base and the upper surface of the crossguard are covered by brass plate
The handle made from horn


Finished sword

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The sword from “Shestovitsa”

 

The authentic sword is exhibited in historical museum of Chernigov (Ukraine) http://museum.velizariy.kiev.ua/chernigiv/im_kr/index.html

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The blade

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Unfinished pommel.

The encrustation (inlaying) density is about 20 wires per 10 mm.

 

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Finished sword with scabbards

 

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Fantastic work! Welcome to the forum! Your inlay and pattern welding is gorgeous! What sort of gravers are you using to create your lines for inlay?

When I started working with the inlay I used just a triangular file with sharp side for that. Than I made a special tool like a checker (I don't exactly know how to call this tool in English). This tool has replaceable blades and allows to make different inlay density. I still also use a triangular file for some part (particularly for convex surfaces) of the hilt.

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Here is another sword which I finished a few months ago. The type of the hilt is the same, but the style of the inlay is other. Instead of a twisted wires, the "inner" rhombus inlaid with brass.

 

The prototype is the sword from "Vahrushevo"

 

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Starting the pommel

 

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In progress

 

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Finished parts of hilt

 

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And finished sword

 

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Welcome!

I believe that you are doing the best pommel inlays I have ever seen on that style of sword. I am truly impressed. Beautiful work. Happy to have you here with us. You will find this to be a good internet home for sword people.

 

thanks for sharing, and keep posting!

 

Kevin

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When I started working with the inlay I used just a triangular file with sharp side for that. Than I made a special tool like a checker (I don't exactly know how to call this tool in English). This tool has replaceable blades and allows to make different inlay density. I still also use a triangular file for some part (particularly for convex surfaces) of the hilt.

Could you post pics of your inly tool or inlay process please?

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