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Old 02-08-2010, 10:34 AM   #76
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3. This is what the blades would have looked like when they were first forged: this replica was forged in the same way and using the same materials used by the Anglo-Saxons.
You mean it's a ...











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Old 02-08-2010, 11:44 AM   #77
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I guess technically it's not a weapon, but probably more practical than those over ornamented daggers and swords. Theres a big thing for them here in the US, which I can never fathom.

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Old 02-08-2010, 12:49 PM   #78
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Here's another fantasy weapon:
Certainly nothing useful. Heck if you plunged it into something your hand would hit the sharp bottom of the decorative bat. Inversely there are sharp edges on the other side. Seems useless to me. If one were to fantasize, it really ought not to be about a sword anyway.
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:05 PM   #79
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1. 9th Century Anglo-Saxon. Bet this was gorgeous when it was made. The swirls on the blade would have made it look all but alive.

2. This decorative pommel is from the Grimston sword.

3. This is what the blades would have looked like when they were first forged: this replica was forged in the same way and using the same materials used by the Anglo-Saxons.
Are you sure that date is right? It looks a lot like damascus steel, but it's too early for that.
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:20 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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Old 02-08-2010, 01:56 PM   #81
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Certainly nothing useful.

I think we've covered this. The term "fantasy weapon" should be a clue.
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:09 PM   #82
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Ok, here's a real one:
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:19 PM   #83
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I think we've covered this. The term "fantasy weapon" should be a clue.
Why would one fantasize about a USELESS weapon?
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:31 PM   #84
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Why would one fantasize about a USELESS weapon?

Lots of guys do!
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:11 PM   #85
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lol - touche'
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:20 PM   #86
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:41 PM   #88
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Why would one fantasize about a USELESS weapon?
Oh, I dunno. Maybe cuz they LOOK COOL.
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Oh I see so perception is everything - gotcha.
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:12 PM   #90
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You mean it's a ...











... forgery?

Owwww! I think I broke something whilst laughing at that joke

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