9th-10th century. 14 3/8" length, showing influence of its Frankish predecessors. Wedge section blade with narrow back fuller both sides. Broad whittle tang to accommodate a bone, antler, or wood grip without a guard. As with all warriors, Vikings used weapons best suited to field conditions. The broadsword was most effective on the field and the short sword best suited for close quarters such as house raids. Slaving for trade and domestic use was a primary Viking activity. Related, was capture for ransom. This sword would have been the primary weapon used by a Viking warrior for village and house raids which fueled those activities.