Swords

Viking “Ulfberht” Sword Stars on Nova Tonight

Watch Nova on PBS tonight as Ric Furrer takes you through the creation of the legendary Viking sword known as the “Ulfberht.”     Specializing in the forging/making of steel via the ancient methods, Furrer has conducted seminars and demonstrations on how to make steel from sand at a number of venues,...

Book Review: ”Spirit of the Sword”

Dear Mr. Shackleford- Today I published my first book review. I choose your book-“Spirit of the Sword.” I hope my review meets with your approval. Here is my review. Book Review-“Spirit of the Sword”   Steve Shackleford published his book “Spirit of the Sword.” in 2010. ISBN-13:978-1-4402-1156-0 For the serious blade...

Everybody Wing Chung Tonight (with Knives 2013 Wing Chung Swords)

Featured in the “Foray Into the Far East” Trends section of the Knives 2013 book are a pair of Richard Van Dijk “Wing Chung” Chinese martial arts butterfly swords. Rarely do you see knifemakers tackle the pattern, and thus they catch your eye immediately, and then with the inclusion of 400-layer-damascus blades,...

Salute Conan’s Birthday With “Spirit of the Sword”

Celebrate Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 65th birthday today by reading about his Conan sword and other movie long blades in “Spirit of the Sword.”     Designed by Jody Samson, the Conan sword Schwarzenegger used in the 1982 blockbuster film captivated American movie audiences and set the stage for such subsequent film swords as...

Waki Talk: What’s Hot in Wakizashis

The wakizashi may be the most sensible and useful Japanese sword. Between a katana and tanto in length, the “waki” is long enough for any number of heavy-duty jobs but also short enough to use in confined spaces. And, for those into collecting/displaying Japanese swords, the waki offers all the traditional...