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Old 02-08-2010, 02:20 PM   #80
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The first two pics are from museum sites. The first one is dated to 9th century. The last pic is of a replica, so that's modern :P But it was made using the same technique they'd have used. Probably looks like damascus steel because it was 'pattern welded'.

Anglo-Saxon swords, like Viking swords, used to have very distinctive whorls and swirls down the blade because of the way in which they were forged: they twisted rods of metal around each other then beat them down, reheated them and twisted again, then beat them flat. It would take many metal rods to create the blade.
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