Great to see the old forums living on in this new form. Did not post much but lurked a lot in the old days.
Quick question. Is this where we will post our latest acquisitions or should we start a new Cold Hyrkanian Steel thread here? I just wish that I would have saved some pictures of the great weapons that were in the old thread.
Good to see you back, Scott! Yeah, go ahead and start a "sword porn" thread. That'd be cool!
Gold is for the mistress -- silver for the maid --
Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade.
"Good!" cried the Baron, sitting in his hall,
"But iron, cold iron, is the master of them all."
~ Rudyard Kipling ~
This reminds me...there is some difference between "cold iron" and just "iron", in some cultures. In some ancient tales a witch, for example, could only be killed with COLD iron, as opposed to any kind of iron. And the "cold iron" was prepared in some certain way. Something in the making process makes iron "cold", but I can't remember what it is. Anyone for more insight?
About 10yrs ago, I bought a puuko knife imported by Atlanta Cutlery for my uncle who was a major elk/deer hunter at the time. He loved it. Anyway, the puukko is a Finnish/Saami knife, but the hilt and blade style are almost exactly like the the Yakut knives above. A lot of cultural continuity across the Far North.
A video on the "Ulfbehrt" swords of the 9th century:
You may notice NOVA keeps referring to the Ulfbehrts as "Viking swords". I see this all the time and it just is not accurate. There is no evidence at all that "Ulfbehrt" and those who glommed onto the brand were Scandinavian. Evidence points to the same region where Solingen is today, which was making excellent swords during Roman times. In fact, there was an embargo (starting with Charlemagne) AGAINST shipping Frankish swords TO Scandinavia. If "Viking smiths" were cranking out wonder-weapons, the flow would've been the other way.
Not saying that there weren't fine Scando smiths, because some were. The fact remains that Vikings preferred Frankish swords. Saying the Ulfberhts are "Viking swords" is no better than saying Jaeger rifles are "American" because some Americans owned them.