Arms and Armor

Shifford Viking

Overall Length: 38 inches
Blade Length: 31.5 inches
Point of Balance: 6 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 19 inches from cross
Weight: 1.9 lbs
Pommel type: Wheeler type III
Cross type: Wheeler type III
Blade type: Wheeler type III

Performance Review: This sword appears to be a dedicated cutter. The tip is very spatulate and although it could thrust in a pinch, it is not well suited to that purpose. The sword balances well but the small grip seriously compromise a standard grip.

Appearance: I was somewhat surprised by the diminutive size of this sword. The grip is exceedingly short as per the historical original. The blade also has the illusion of being very small because of its large width. There were some casting marks both on the pommel and the cross.