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Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

photo by Mark Vegas

Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos, Weapon Analysis | Comments Off on Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

When looking at the graceful curve of a katana, many imagine the smith hammering on a  folded steel blank to create the final shape....

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Human Bones Burned to Make “Spirit”-Filled Swords

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in Culture, Weapons | Comments Off on Human Bones Burned to Make “Spirit”-Filled Swords

via National Geographic Note:  The video clip in the NG article is no longer functional.  A Youtube version of the same clip follows the...

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In the News: A look at Russia’s medieval sword makers

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off on In the News: A look at Russia’s medieval sword makers

via Russia and India Report “Russia was the first country in Europe after Charlemagne’s medieval empire to set up the organized...

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Medieval alchemy and weapon making

photo by Ania Mendrek

Medieval alchemy and weapon making

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Featured, History | Comments Off on Medieval alchemy and weapon making

Since many consider medieval alchemy to be the forerunner of modern chemistry and metallurgy, it shouldn’t be surprising that...

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