Viking – Single Blade

(6 customer reviews)


This is an outstanding touring paddle.  The shape is based on a modified ottertail

Loom length refers to the length of the paddle from the top of the grip to where the blade starts. Sizing info

Blade edge armour refers to a strip of hardwood timber that runs down the length of the blade to protect the softer cedar used in the main blade.

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Viking means to go out travelling; the Norse sagas talk of men going ‘a viking’ and that is the niche of this paddle. Its long curved blade gives great purchase on the water providing excellent control in open water, where wind can be an issue. The ability to vary the depth of the stroke gives control over the level of work required and, like all touring blades, the blade length dictates the need for a slower and more relaxed stroke rhythm. The shape is based on a modified ottertail

Blade Length: 74cm/29in
Blade Width (widest): 15cm/6in

Made to order – Approximately 21 days

Additional information

Canadian Shaft Length

64cm / 25inch, 66cm / 26inch, 69cm / 27inch, 71cm / 28inch, 74cm / 29inch, 76cm / 30inch, 79cm / 31inch, 81cm / 32inch, 84cm / 33inch, 86cm / 34inch, 89cm / 35inch, 92cm / 36inch, 94cm / 37inch, 97cm / 38inch, 99cm / 39inch, 102cm / 40inch

Main Blade Colour

Dark Cedar, Light Cedar

Blade edge armour

Dark Hardwood, Light Hardwood

6 reviews for Viking – Single Blade

  1. Brian Somers

    After plenty of years happily using Ainsworth/TNP aluminum shafted paddles for my trips, I was gifted a Valkyrie Craft canoe paddle by my other half this year. The paddle is very well made and finished with great attention to detail. It is lighter than I expected, and very well balanced. I have only used it twice so far, but the paddle was a huge leap forward from the other paddles I have been using. Conditions on the water ranged from very windy and choppy to flat and calm, in all conditions, the paddle was treat to use. Anyone else who has used the paddle out on the trips also had huge praise for the look, feel and finish of the paddle. The reviews below perhaps describe the paddle experience better than I can! I would certainly recommend buying a paddle here.

  2. Paul Leppington

    I’ve just received my Viking paddle which was securely packed and arrived in perfect condition. Whilst I haven’t yet had chance to try it out on the water it truly is a thing of beauty. It’s obvious that John has a passion for his craft and takes pride in his creations. The weight and balance feel perfect for me, and the grip is really comfortable on both hands. I’m looking forward to getting in my new canoe with it.

  3. Scott Templeton

    Review by Scott Templeton

    I had the pleasure of borrowing a Viking paddle for 6 months and it was an exceptional deep water paddle, comfortable and had plenty of power but also precise for various strokes. I then spent two days on one of John’s paddle making courses making my own! It was great to learn the craft with hand tools and walk away with my own paddle and worth every pound

  4. Valkyrie1

    Viking Paddle review by Cathal Bagnall. Cathal had the use of a demo paddle for a few weeks to try it out. He has subsequently purchased a made to measure Viking.

  5. Cyril Flannigan

    My Wife bought me one of these Viking paddles for Christmas last year, and I was delighted … It’s a fantastic paddle in terms of balance and weight, and it is made with all the care and attention of a true craftsman.
    The long blade makes deep water strokes easy on your body and gives you good reach and good volume of water on your blade making turning very easy.
    I was so impressed with how my canoe handles with this paddle that I bought a second one. Absolutely love it!

  6. Valkyrie1

    Reviews Submitted prior to August 2020
    Uploaded by Valkyrie

    1. The weight of this paddle is spot on. There is little effort needed to get a good power stroke and with no wobble in paddle. The blade cuts through the water lovely and with ease, and is silent when used. The length of blade is good and gives solid propulsion. I like the thickness of the shaft and the handle/ grip is very comfortable for distance. This is a very good paddle for journeys

    2. I wouldn’t normally choose a paddle of this shape but after using it I was pleasantly surprised. The width of the blade provides a real slow distribution of power on the pull. The blade length enables a deep stroke and allows the power to be applied on a needs basis. The handle is shaped well and for my hand is the right thickness and grip length. I like that the handle isn’t varnished as this provides better connectivity. This paddle is a fantastic piece of craftsmanship and construction, and as it is laminated it looks like it should be hung on the wall. The paddle is well balanced and is a nice weight. (Ashleigh Hunter: CANI Coaching and Development manager)

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