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NOVA: Secrets Of The Viking Sword

Discussion in 'Blades' started by Quigley_Sharps, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the "Secrets of the Viking Sword."


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  2. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    I watched the NOVA show online and it was well worth it!
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  3. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Nice documentary! I have some blades made by some excellent craftsmen at Starfire -they make amazing steel swords and daggers. I watched a presentation at a fair once where they were demonstrating the flexibility of a sword by pinning it in a vice and bending it over. These swords are used in modern day reenactments of battles from the past and for staged combat and competition combat http://www.safd.org/ which speaks about the durability of their steel.

    http://www.starfireswords.com//products/steel/detail/vik31.php This is their current Viking sword. I own some Crescent swords and daggers. Their katanas are pretty sweet, too.
  5. mage2

    mage2 Monkey+++

    I had a starfire throwing axe. was lots of fun. It got lost in a move, bah
  6. Ronin65

    Ronin65 Monkey+

    Great show. A lot of work went into that sword. You won't find craftsmanship like that today.
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