A Brief History of The Ancient Science of Sword Making

Swords are some of the most interesting and continually chivalrous weapons ever made. That’s why even today in movies the bad guy will often wield a sword rather than a gun to make the action that more intimate and “sexy.” But how were ancient swords originally created?  
The sword is the perennial symbol of empires, knighthood, chivalry and fantasy. But it's also one of the world's most ancient technologies, connected with breakthroughs in metallurgy that would change the world. There are even some types of ancient swords so strong that modern science still can't determine how they were made.


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The book "Brisingr" by Christopher Paolini (it is the third book of a four-book series) has a great passage of making a sword. Mr. Paolini stated that he got the idea from a book about making Japanese swords (if I remember correctly).

Basically, the sword was made by twisting two different metals together (one metal was stronger than the other).
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