Nothing illustrates how far Valiant Armoury Viking Swords have come than the image above..
At the top we have the pre-Sonny Suttles era Valiant Armoury Viking sword - a clunky, shapeless crowbar of a beater sword. Then we have it's refinement by Sonny - and finally the expertly tempered, amazing looking Hedemark sword reviewed here.
The difference is like night and day - sword evolution in action.
Of course, the price is also quite different - back in the day you could pick up the original Valiant Armoury Viking beater sword for around $175 while the Hedemark is a little over twice this price - but arguably more than twice as good..
However, beater swords like this one have their merits - sure they are rough around the edges, but they can be fun. Read on and you'll know exactly what I am talking about as Ric Willy takes one through its paces.
Review by Richard Williams, Evansville, USA
I bought this sword from Bladeseller for $150 and $25 delivery charge.
I debated whether or not to due a review on this sword. I decided to do it because I don't see any reviews on any Valiant Armoury swords on this site and thought it might be useful information on someone thinking about a purchase of this brand of sword.
I kind of got this sword on accident as I ordered it on a whim. I then had to leave town suddenly and was gone for a month or so. I didn't think the sword had arrived in my absence as I had some one collecting my deliveries and they made no mention of it. I contacted Bladeseller and he said it had shipped.
I insisted it hadn't arrived and they refunded my money even though their records showed it was delivered. I give big customer service credit to then as I found out later my niece had picked up a sword sized parcel and hadn't told me. I by then didn't really want the sword as I had ordered different one but due to Bladesellers customer friendly conduct I kept it. (Yeah, I paid for it again).
The sword arrived well packed and greased. The first thing I noticed was how bulky it was.
The fixtures are thick and look like stainless steel. The blade is made of a decent carbon steel it seems with a little flex the way I like it and a shallow fuller.
"The grip is rather large for my hand...
It seems solid enough however, it resembles a Viking sword only in that they are both sword shaped and made of metal. This does not concern me much. My main focus on swords when I bought this one was durability.
Here are some stats:
Overall length- 34 inches
Blade length- 21 1/4 inches
Blade width-2 1/8 inches
Hilt- 6 3/4 inches
POB- 5 1/2 inches below guard
Weight- 3 1/2 lbs
Now for the testing.
Part of the reason I decided to go ahead with this review was my wife said our yard was looking like the set of "Sanford and son". As I said I bought this sword with durability in mind so I decided to use it to chop up the junk out back.
I also have taken a notion to do some cutting lately so I tried my hand with this sword with mixed results.
As the pictures show I didn't meet with a lot of success in the cutting, partly my skill level, but also the sword is a bit unwieldy. I had a bit more success at the heavy work.
The sword suffered no significant damage, some expected scratches and still tight in the fittings. However I can't say it did too well on the cutting as it is too clumsy for me but it is very durable and is a good chopper.
I'm glad I have it as it broadens the range of my collection. I have seen pictures of some new products from Valiant Armoury that I find interesting...
I hope this review of the Valiant Armoury Viking Sword has been helpful. To return to Modern Replicas of Viking Swords from Old Version Valiant Armory Viking Sword Reviewed, click here