In mundane life, yes, but in some parts of the geographical area that was inhabited by "vikings", it was also a religious implement and an everyday implement that one would use for this and that. You can use it for lots of stuff...gutting fish, deer, chicken...oh, and people, cutting hair, vegetables, threads, fishing line, or you can use them to hack your way through brambles with them. Today they are used as some sort of atame for those of the Northern Tradition Wicca faith. They are very nice looking blades in any case. On my apron, I hang lots of beads, but also my sewing/needle case (of deer bone), my keys, my snips (like scissors), my keys and my knife, the latter three in leather cases. I think that's it...still makes me feel (and sound) like a walking christmas tree. Bates, I've now looked in Skaldskaparmal, which is the #1 source for stuff like this. It speaks quite extensively about different kennings for gold and so on, but it refers to gold simply as "gull", as in gold, all except for in one place, where it says "lýsigull". I have a feeling this word has to do with the gold lighting up the room, as in light-gold (light as in to shine, not as in to weigh). I've never encountered this word before, and i don't have anyone to ask a t m, so I'll have to do some digging. Either way, it does not speak about red or yellow gold per se, and I still cannot think of any place where it mentions a difference between the two. I will be seing some of my kindred tomorrow, so I'll ask them. Maybe they'll know.