Originally Posted by adrian
I find it very difficult to believe that the 'before' and 'after' photos are of the same item & strongly suspect that there has been a mistake made in that article.
Checkout the video on the cleaning of the Langeid Sword. Underneath that lump of rust is perhaps the most beautiful surviving Viking Age hilt in near perfect condition. And Vegard is meticulous in his documentation.
It's in very similar condition to this Roman dagger.