I recently learned that most viking spears were made of pattern-welded steel, but not their axes and swords. Not sure why, but one might guess it’s because the spear was their primary weapon? The best viking swords were branded ‘ulfberht’, and no one knows who or what that was, but whoever it was used iranian smelted steel of a much higher quality than could be locally produced. Because ulfberht swords were so good, other smithies started producing lower quality knockoffs, which they branded ulfberht so they could sell them at Funny Viking Dad Just Like A Normal Dad But Much Cooler Shirt a higher price. Underrated weapon, until the dark souls series. Axes are great, but why not put an axe on a stick for even more chop chop? Not to mention the bonus pokey pokey.
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No but a pole arm which actually works against armor however. Or axes. Or maces and clubs. Basically anything but swords. Swords are only really effective against unarmored targets. They carried a sword for when their pole arm broke or was lost. A back up. Also used as a status symbol and as part of dress. There’s no reason to have a sword made using gold and garnets though people did. A fancy and well crafted sword was a sign of wealth and power and people would flout it. You could wear the sword when walking through town but a spear I think maybe less so. Yeah, i think it is either the spear or the Funny Viking Dad Just Like A Normal Dad But Much Cooler Shirt club. Both are very effective and very simple. But i remember the club being the oldest weapon in human history and it’s been used ever since a very creative ancestor first picked up a large branch and started to beat things with it.
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Spears are way more effective, especially for group fighting. This meant they were used as a primary weapon until the mid 1300s, and pikes, which are basically just long spears, were one of the main weapons of war until the early 1700s. Putting holes in people is effective way to Funny Viking Dad Just Like A Normal Dad But Much Cooler Shirt stop them. That is basically what modern weapons do. I think a jab could be faster and harder to block than a slash but I’m basing that off pure speculation. I wish I had the link but some Medieval combat recreationists did a round robin of spear vs swords, shields, blunt weapons. Spears won like 2/3rds of the time. They feinted to the head and stabbed in the gut a lot. Interesting thing though was none of the designated spearmen had practiced much with the spear.
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