century, European, probably Scandinavian. The braided copper wires on the pommel may represent an earlier Scandinavian custom of tying a talisman to a sword hilt. The pattern-welded blade was forged of intertwined rods of steel and iron.
This image contains a side-by-side comparison between an authentic and reproduction of the Ulfberht sword. Produced by an unknown process for a two-hundred year period, these swords stood far superior in quality to others of the same era.
A rapier, manufactured in the century by the technology of the old masters as a gift to one high-ranking person. Such exceptionally flexible rapiers were made in Toledo in the beginning of century. They were sold in gun shops and coiled.
Ulfberht Sword- viking sword made with forged steel. High carbon blade made this a very strong and durable weapon. See UTube or Netflix for 1 hour doc on how a modern day blacksmith recreated the sword using ancient techniques- way cool.