The Vikings were Norse or Scandinavian people famous for being pirates, explorers, and merchants who raided and colonized areas in Europe. Norsemen used their drakkar ships or Viking vessels to travel as far as Russia, North Africa, and North America, spreading their culture and engraving their legend on history. The main period of Viking exploration is known as the Viking Age. Viking swords and Viking armour indicated a Norsemans social status. A wealthy warrior would own a Viking helm, Norse shield, mail shirt and a leather coat made from animal skin or reindeer hides. A poorer raider may only own a single weapon and a shield. The Viking spear and shield were the basic armaments of a warrior, while others would carry a blade known as a seax, an archers bow, or a Viking war axe. Medieval Collectables carries an excellent selection of Viking products, including re-enactors clothing, Norse jewelry, ancient coins, Viking sculptures, and a variety of Viking weapons.