Sword from Nocera Umbra, grave 23, 7th century (picture from the book "Die Langobarden. Das Ende der Völkerwanderung")
Sword scabbard pommel, hilt detail, hilt from wood and gilt bronze, garnets, silver inlay. 6th Century, Roes, Norway.
Vendel Sword, 700 AD. From boat grave I in Vendel. The famous burial place at Vendel church was found in late autumn 1881 when the cemetery was expanded. In Swedish prehistory, the Vendel era (550-793) was a part of the Germanic Iron Age (or, more generally, the Migration Period). www.upptacksverigeshistoria.se/sok-besoksmal/visa/246/
A Viking merovingian period broadsword after a sword found in Sweden. Six-bar pattern welded blade, hilt parts of gold plated brass & copper and ebony wood
This image contains a side-by-side comparison between an authentic and reproduction of the Ulfberht sword. Produced by an unknown process for a two-hundred year period, these swords stood far superior in quality to others of the same era. As such, the mystery and prestige of these weapons inspires that held by the blades in the legends of the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings.
Two Ulfberht blades - (L) Hilt by Jeff Pringle, (R) 'Counterfeit'/not crucible steel?