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Authenticity

Last updated: Spring 2015

  1. Single edged swords may only be used by Viking warriors. To have a single edged sword your kit must be mainly Viking in provenance. Just calling yourself a Viking is not sufficient!
  2. All swords taken onto the battlefield must be scabbarded.
  3. Sword scabbards may be decorated with raised moulding. Very simple tooling is also acceptable.
  4. No painted sword scabbards (although existing painted scabbards are currently still allowable).
  5. No side sewn or thronged sword scabbards.
  6. No elaborately decorated sword scabbards.

Master at Arms

Dimensions for combat swords


New Ruling from 1st Jan 2020

No swords with a blade width under 45mm (1¾”) at the cross guard
Sword blade length must be between 56-91.5cm (22"-36") long, be at least 45mm wide as it meets the cross guard and have a tip width of 18mm or over.
Any exception to this rule must be based on an actual find and will be judged by the MaA on a case by case basis.


Existing Rules
Last updated: Autumn 2015

Blade Length: 56cm - 91.5cm (22" - 36")
Maximum weight: 1.825Kg (4lb)

NOTES

  1. All blades must have a fuller on both sides of not less than 1/3 the total width of the blade. This fuller should not be square shouldered.
  2. Blades should taper evenly from crossguard to tip.
  3. The handgrip of the sword from crossguard to pommel should not exceed the width of the user’s gloved hand by more than (2.5cm).
  4. Less common patterns of swords (Norwegian single-edged etc.) will be judged on an individual basis and may only be used by Vikings of Warrior status.To have a single edged sword your kit must be mainly Viking in provenance. Just calling yourself a Viking is not sufficient!
  5. Sword fittings can be decorated with inlay or punch work however the style of decoration varies depending on the time frame and nationality being portrayed
  6. Viking swords should be suspended on a baldric rather than a sword belt.
  7. The 2mm edge rule also applies to cross guards and pommels
  8. Swords taken onto the battlefield must be scabbarded. Sword scabbards may be decorated with raised moulding but they may not be painted (although existing painted scabbards are currently allowable). Very simple tooling is also acceptable.
  9. No side sewn or thronged sword scabbards
  10. Angevin Knights - Scabbards may be decorated in an appropriate style and may be tanned black. Scabbards from this period often have a seam running down the body side of the blade.

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