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Ulfberht Sword – An Epitome Of Futuristic Technology

Ancient history has immense to look forward to. Whether it is the civilization, the culture, the constructions, the architecture, the means of living or the weapons there is always something to learn from and something to get fascinated with.

Indeed, the Ulfberht sword is every bit of it. The material it is constructed of. The craftsmanship which is awesome! The inscriptions which give way to more speculation! No wonder, the sword has managed to establish a novel paradigm in relation to its existence then and today.

For, those of you unaware of the same, here are some pointers which will enable you to dive in the sea of surprise mingled with a fascination for the utilization of futuristic technology:

This sword was used by warriors in different regions in Europe. In fact, to be more precise it was the Vikings which employed it from 800 to 1100 AD. The best of the warriors of the era could get hands on this piece of excellent craftsmanship.

vikingVikings were the most feared warriors of the ancient world.

The sword has the inscription of the word – Ulfberht. However, the implication of the name is still unknown. It is because no such reference could be found anywhere in the written texts of that tenure. In accordance with the research scholars the name could be of the Frankish origin.

ulfberht_cropped-1“Ulfberht” is a Frankish word whose meaning is not known.

The sword has a cross which is instigation that it is associated with Roman Catholic Church. At that time, a Greek cross was placed before the name, a practice pursued by the bishops and abbots. Since, the sword has it too; there is the instigation that Ulfberht was the name of a bishop, abbot or a monastery.
The swords have not been made by single craftsmen, but many of them.

bewerkt_heft_van_ijzeren_zwaard_uit_de_vikingentijd_-750-850-_opgevist_uit_de_maas_bij_den_bosch-_rijksmuseum_van_oudheden-_leiden-1Ulfberht sword is made of metal so pure it baffled archaeologists, who thought the technology to forge such metal was not invented for another 800 or more years, during the Industrial Revolution.

The sword is made of crucible quality. It was the smelted iron, which has been used to make weapons for thousands of years. Iron was too soft, and hence, the sword makers were required to add coal or charcoal to make it into steel. In the Viking age it was really tedious to add coal to the iron, hence, it was pursued incidentally by fire. Yet again, the only way to eradicate slag from metal was to hammer out the impurities. But, when Ulfberht sword was analyzed the researchers were indeed surprised. The Ulfberht sword was made of steel which has a carbon content of up to 3 times more than the average medieval steel. Today, it is the same material used years ago, that is called crucible steel.

For those of you unaware of the fact, the crucible steel is made today by 2 different methods. In fact, the making of crucible steel has started in the medieval era. It is indeed surprising that how this happened. Crucible steel was not around in Europe until the Industrial revolution which took place in the 18th century.

Indeed, the Vikings were advanced than the inhabitants of that era. They were fierce warriors, skilled traders and the best of the navigators. In fact, when it is about excellent craftsmanship, the Damascus steel too fascinates the researchers with its chemical composition.

Ulfberht Sword – An Epitome Of Futuristic Technology
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