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Here are some screen grabs from my run on History Channel's latest show, Knife or Death (season 1, episode 4). I forged out a knife inspired by a set of CeltIberian War Knives I saw in Germany last year at the Reichstadtmuseum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. I made a few modern modifications to it for comfort and safety. The forward lanyard hole, a bottle opener forged into the ring pommel and the rubber handle slabs to absorb impact. The knife worked really well. It is 80crv2 and has a cutting edge of 12.75" and an overall weight of 1lb 13oz and the blade is 2" wide at the base and 3/8" thick spine at the break. I was excited to try a historic weapon on such a brutal course. I think it is a great proving ground for knives and I am happy with how this knife style performed and handled. I was pleasantly surprised with how snug my hand felt with this type of grip. The ring pommel does a fantastic job at locking the hand in place and allowing it to grip for a solid chop and follow through. I would really like to get real measurements from the originals I found in Germany. If anyone has connections with that museum I would really appreciate any help. I'd like to make a more accurate recreation of this piece. Thanks for checking it out.
Hello, all! It has been quite some time since I last posted on this message board. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in History back in December and I've been quite busy job hunting (a job is necessary to fund an aspiring smith's hobbies, I'm sure you'll all agree). As a result, I've not had much time, nor energy, to partake in the activities on this site. Still, my passion for history demands attention, so I spend my time researching and pondering on various aspects of medieval culture. Unfortunately, certain questions are left unanswered on scholarly databases like JSTOR and turning to wikipedia or blogs people written by people who project personal fantasies onto history serves more to infuriate than enlighten. However, I remembered how many of you are like-minded in your passion not only for blades, but for the history of people who made them as well (perhaps the latter is a prerequisite for the former?). You guys really helped me with my last thread here, so I hope some of you might try to point me in the right direction here. But, enough rambling. I wanted to see if any of you know of any comprehensive texts (book, article or otherwise) with a complete list of runestones, their inscriptions, and translations. I realize that may be asking for a bit much. Credible comprehensive texts on anything are extremely valuable to the history buff because of just how much work goes into them. If you don't know of one, but do know of a smaller study of some of (preferably older) runestones, I would be thankful if you could share. If anybody at all has something to contribute, feel free to. Thanks, folks.