Viking Age Blacksmithing

The Viking Age had many metal objects that blacksmiths would have been producing. Weapons, of course, but also household items and tools.

Weapons

Household Items

  • Ladles
  • Bowls
  • Saucepans
  • Frying pans
  • Spits
  • Fire starters
  • Tripods
  • Chains
  • Candle holders

Farming and Fishing

  • Fish hooks
  • Sickles

A Viking Age blacksmith would have had the following equipment at their disposal:

  • Mild steel
  • Hammers
  • Anvils
  • Bellows
  • Charcoal (but not coal)
  • Whetstone

We are not aware that they had:

  • Grinders

Myths and Stories

Blacksmithing is an ancient, revered, and even feared craft. Here are some places where it featured in Norse stories.

Bibliography

Scandinavian Blacksmithing in the Iron Age: On the Edge of the World, Omega History Series