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A swordsmith colleague of mine, Dan Maragni, once related an anecdote that he found profound. He was transporting a sword he had made from his home to his car when a child saw him and asked, innocently enough, “Hey mister, is that sword real?” He recalled how the child’s question made him stop and consider it at face value for a moment: here was a tool he had constructed by hand in a manner he knew was only a loose approximation of how a historical blade would have been produced, and which he had created based on information he knew was only a rough estimate of the geometry and profile of the original specimen it was taken from.

Yet, in essence it was certainly a “sword” by definition. He realized, logically, that you can take most any piece of modern steel, grind it into some sort of blade shape, heat-treat it in some way so it's hard yet flexible, put some sort of handle grip on it, and finally, sharpen it to some degree (or not) and it will certainly be capable of killing. It will be a functional weapon in some regard –but is it a real sword?
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Saw this Sword Smith on the History Channel this evening.
He's mentioned in the above article. His name is Paul Champagne.
This guy actually goes out and gathers his own Raw Iron Ore!
Then he smelts it down & ends up with a 60 LB lump of Rough Iron that looks like a doggone meteorite. He breaks off little pieces of Iron & forges them & then re~forges them & then adds them together...and "forge welds" them together into a larger billet.
Then draws it out....into a rough blade...hammer forges the edge...hardens & tempers it....anyway this guy is TRULY a Medieval Swordmaker.
His finished sword blades are REALLY fine looking.
It was pretty amazing to see a human being craft an ARTFUL deadly weapon using only Mother Nature, Sweat, Talent, The Human Brain, 400 + Pounds of Wood Charcoal and extremely basic/primitive basic hand tools.
His swords are EXPENSIVE though...from 3 thou. up to about 20 Grand.
Way out of my league but, I sure did enjoy watching him work!
 

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You Saw It?

Great!
He sure is totally into sword making!
And his "finished product" was beautiful.
I think it must be a fantastic feeling to actually pull an awesome weapon like that right out of the Earth.
I'm glad that you saw it.

Oh...you've done some forging. Neat.
I've made a few gun springs & a few miniature items years ago.
a mini whaling harpoon...& a few Tiny knives.
I started with blanks cut from the "dead soft" lengths of carbon "spring steel" available from Brownell's - it was fun.
 
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