Two Handed Oslo Elite Series Sword
(About): A Unique Interpretation of a Carolingian Greatsword
In the Viking Dark Age of Early Medieval Europe, there was no question that the sword reigned supreme as the symbol of power. Master Carolingian smiths, Frankish metalworkers who lived along the Upper Rhine on the border between modern France and Germany, made the finest of these blades, which were highly sought after by rising Viking lords. Once a Norse chieftain had acquired such a blade – either by trade or by ransoming an unfortunate Frankish noble – they would have it fitted with a fine Nordic hilt by a Viking craftsman. Our Two Handed Oslo Elite Series Sword reproduces such a weapon – with a glorious fantasy twist. Darksword Armory have turned these historical weapons into a stunning two-handed sword (which the Vikings themselves would never have used), forged from hypnotising pattern-welded Damascus steel to reproduce the mystical Eastern steel of legend.
A Highly Coveted Frankish Blade
The blade of this Oslo Sword is an oversized Viking monster, fit only for the fiercest berzerker. It conforms to an Oakeshott Type X – these were the foremost weapons of their era, symbolising elite status as well as martial prowess. With straight, parallel edges, a short point, a broad, flat blade and a wide fuller, these were cunningly designed cutting swords, carefully smithed so as to deliver the maximum possible power to their swings. Far from being unsophisticated hacking weapons, they were exquisitely subtle in their construction, with carefully weighted balance pointed and optimum cutting points painstakingly established so these weapons could shear through the armor of the era: stout cloth, reinforced wooden shields, and fine iron mail worn by elites. If you are building a fantasy roleplay outfit to go with this weapon, don’t feel constrained to these simple armor types! You could pair it with some of our fantasy warrior armor to create a real visual impact. Our Two Handed Oslo Elite Series Sword is a fantastical extrapolation from these historical designs into a two-handed sword scale, with a blade almost 30 inches in length!
Damascus Steel, Forged For Battle
In order to reproduce the Damascus steels that were being imported into Europe during the Viking Age, Darksword Armory’s master smiths have selected four different grades of steel (1095, 5160, L-6 and O1 steels) to twist and fold and forge together into a spectacular four-tone rippling Damascus pattern. Although the pictures make it look stunning, in person it is beyond breathtaking, shimmering and shifting in the light; we are confident that it is the finest pattern-welded Damascus available. But this blade is not merely for show: like all of Darksword’s blades, it is designed to be fully functional – it has been hardened with a differential temper of 60 HRc at the edge and 48-50 HRc at the core. This means that it is both extremely sharp and possessed of excellent edge-retention, and slightly flexible in order to absorb and dissipate the immense forces of striking blows.
An Unmistakable Viking Hilt
The hilt of our Elite Series Oslo Two Handed Sword is a masterwork of Viking design, forged from the same gorgeous Damascus steel as the blade. Its crossguard is a functional straight Viking bar design, but it is covered with stunning Celtic knotwork. The handgrip is a generous two-handed grip covered in a simple, handsome black leather wrap that contrasts magnificently with the all-Damascus steel hilt. The pommel is a fitting crown for our Elite Series Oslo sword: a gorgeous five-lobed type, rippling in abstract knotwork made from the beautiful Darksword Damascus. The hilt is a fully battle-ready construction, made with a full tang and peened into place. Our Elite Series Oslo Two Handed Sword ships with an upgraded leather scabbard, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Darksword Armory’s founder and master smith Eyal Azerad, and stamped with the Elite Series wax seal.
There are few swords that really impress us at Medieval Ware, but this sword blows even our high standards out of the water. Its fantasy stylings would make it an incredible weapon for a vicious barbarian or berzerker – but if you cannot bear for it to be out of your sight, it would make a truly stunning addition to your wall display. Only 100 of these swords will ever be made, so don’t miss out on this incredible Viking two-handed sword!
Total length: 41 ¾ inches
Blade length: 29 ¾ inches
Blade material: 1095, 5160, L-6 and O1 steel Damascus
Blade hardness: 60 HRc at edge ; 48-50 HRc at core
Guard and pommel material: 1095, 5160, L-6 and O1 steel Damascus
Grim material: Black leather
Weight: 3 lbs.