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A METALLURGICAL STUDY OF SOME VIKING SWORDS

Alan Williams

Gladius, Vol 29 (2009):121-184

The PDF:

http://gladius.revistas.csic.es/index.php/gladius/article/view/218/222

 

This is an amazing article on the metal used in 9th & 10th century swords, some of the nuts and bolts research behind the ‘fake Viking swords’ in the news last year.

 

Awesome! B):D

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A METALLURGICAL STUDY OF SOME VIKING SWORDS

Alan Williams

Gladius, Vol 29 (2009):121-184

The PDF:

http://gladius.revistas.csic.es/index.php/gladius/article/view/218/222

 

This is an amazing article on the metal used in 9th & 10th century swords, some of the nuts and bolts research behind the ‘fake Viking swords’ in the news last year.

 

Awesome! B):D

 

Great posting Jeff!

 

Dr. Williams sent me this article shortly after it was published.

That is why I trust what Dr. Williams has to say...he is an excellent researcher...he presented a version of this article at the Arms and Armour conference in Jodpur, India in 2007

He also did "the Knight and the Blast Furnace" book in 2003 on the metallurgy of armor...or ARMOUR as he writes it....some 30 years of research in that book. It sold out last year.

http://www.amazon.com/Knight-Blast-Furnace-History-Metallurgy/dp/9004124985

 

Dr. Williams works at The Wallace Collection in London along with Drs. David Edge, Tobias Capwell and Robert Elgood..each authors and researchers in their own right.

http://www.wallacecollection.org/

The museum is worth a visit or two...or three.

 

If I can get a bit more organized Dr. Williams will be doing a comprehensive study of my wootz..I have the sample ingots prepared, but not forged out as of yet.

He and Dr. David Edge can be seen Vickers hardness testing some wootz blades on my website here http://www.doorcountyforgeworks.com/Wootz.html

 

I do hope that the high carbon blades found in some of the inlayed blades is echoed in other research...who knows what is out there under the corrosion sitting in the dirt or on the shelves of museums....much is yet to be learned.

 

Ric

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Thanks for posting that, Jeff! B)

 

Lends a lot of credence to the stories of some swords being able to cut into others.

 

And it gives my fevered brain some ideas about what to do with the chunk of porosity-riddled wootz Ric gave me a while back. If forged like normal (?) hypereutectoid steel, it ought to get a similar microstructure to some of those group A Ulfbehrts, maybe?

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Nice read. Thanks, Jeff!

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