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Viking Knives

Finds of Viking age knives.

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Viking Knives

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A color photograph of the Canterbury folding knife.

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Additional blades found at the Viking Age levels at Coppergate, York, England.

Knives from the Viking Age

Illustration of knife blade #2808 found at Coppergate, York, England.

Knives from the Viking Age

Iron knife with silver wire in the area between the handle and the blade. From a female grave (grave 503 at Ihre, Hellvi parish, Gotland). 9th-10th century C.E.

Knives from the Viking Age
  • Olof

    I have replica of this knife :)

Viking "swivel" knife from Canterbury, Kent, England. Scan of a page from James Graham-Campbell depicting and describing the knife.

Finally, an explanation of those curled handled "Viking knives" that aren't found in Viking age burials! "Vestjyske jernknive" by Olav Martinsen, Skjern-Egvad Museum, Denmark. This type of Iron Age knife is found in both male and female graves in South Scandinavia, and dates to 500 BCE- 0 CE. Definitely NOT Viking Age!

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Knife was found in the neighbourhood Färgaren in the city of Lund. The sheath consists of shaped leather decorated with small silver rivets and a single bronze fitting for suspension to a belt. I believe the original is about 11th century CE.

Audhumbla: New knife from Lund

Knife sheath on chain from Viking age Gotland; By jesthorbjorn, via Flickr.

Medieval iron knife blades. 8th-13th century CE. Found in Thrace / Macedonia. Measure between 11 and 16 cm long. Not Viking, but roughly contemporary with the Viking Age. It's interesting to compare the shapes.

Knives from Novgorod, Viking age.

Viking handle materials

Other Rus knives, Viking period.

Rus knife in sheath (below the spearhead), 9th century.

9th century bone handled Viking knife, Yorkshire Museum.