Vikings
The Vikings were Norse or Scandinavain people that were famous for being pirates, explorers, and merchants who raided and colonized areas in Europe. Norsemen used their longships or Viking ships to travel as far east as Constantinople to as far west as Iceland. This period of Viking exploration is known as the Viking Age. By the end of the Viking age the word viking refers to pirates and robbers operating by sea. Viking weapons and armour indicated a Norsemans social status. A wealthy Viking would own a Viking helmet, Viking shield, chainmail shirt and a coat made from animal skin or reindeer hides. A poorer Viking would only own a single weapons and a shield. The Viking shield and spear were the basic armaments of a Viking warrior. Vikings would have a knife known as a seax, and might carry a bow or a Viking axe. Medieval Collectables has the typical Viking armament such as the Viking helms, shields, daggers, axes, spears and jewelry. All our Viking weapons and armour are historically accurate and many are fully functional.
Viking Axes
Axes of the Vikings were also called the Danish Axe, that were an early type of polearm. Viking Axes are made light enough to withstand throwing with there forged heads and hardened edges. Another use of Viking axe was for punching through any armour or cleaving helms in close combat because of the relatively short cutting edge. Medieval Collectables has many types of Viking axes such as the Danish axe, Viking throwing axe, Mammen axe, bearded axe and the Francisca axe.
Viking Clothing
Viking used more wool than anything else for making clothing. Viking men wore a long woolen Viking tunic and long trousers, which were held up by a belt or sash. In cold weather, Vikings wore cloaks or sleeved jerkin. For feet protection, they wore Viking boots that were made of leather. The Vikings made their own clothes from cloth woven from a loom by women and children in their own home.
Viking Daggers
Vikings used daggers called a seax for for extreme situations and close combat fighting. Other names given to the seax were hadseax, sax, seaxe, scramaseax and the scramsax. Vikings wearing a seax indicated a free man, since only free people had the right to bear arms. Viking wore their knife horizontal at the front of their belt. Medieval Collectables carries many variations of viking daggers and many are fully functional.
Viking Helms
Viking helms were made of iron during the Viking Age. The helm was in the shape of a rounded or peaked cap made from four plate and a simple noseguard. Some Viking helms could have had a mail aventail. Other names for the Viking helm are Norse helms, Gjermundbu helm, Spangenhelm, Viking horned helm and the Coppergate helm. Medieval Collectables carries many authentic and fully functional Viking helms. Viking helms will complete your armor set of those Viking reenactments or parties.
Viking Shields
The use of Viking shields went far beyond a mere means to parry blows from an opponent. The Viking shield was made of planks of woods such as fir, pine, willow or linden. It usually contained a hole at the center that supported a hand grip at that point, covered by a metal boss. The Gokstad ship has places for shields to be hung on its railing, and the Gokstad shields have holes along the rim for fastening some sort of non-metallic rim protection. Towards the end of the Viking age, the Norman kite shield came into fashion.
Viking Spears
The most common and important weapon to a Viking warrior was the spear. Viking spears have metal heads usually on wooden shafts of 6 to 10 feet long. The head of a Viking spear was about 7 to 24 inches long with a tendency towards longer heads in the late Viking age. Viking warrior used the spears for both throwing and thrusting with one hand. We carry the Viking thrusting spear, Viking throwing spear, short bladed spear and the long war spear in our collection of Viking spears.
Viking Swords
Vikings owning a sword was a matter of high prestige and wealth. The Viking sword was a single handed weapon that was in conjunction with a Viking shield. Due to the fuller, Vikings were able to swing faster and have harder strokes, while at the same time, allowing the Viking sword to bend and not break. Medieval Collectables is proud to carry functional Viking swords from the Viking Age. We have the popular Norman sword, Godfred sword, Trondheim Viking sword and the practical Viking sword.