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Myths about legendary swords

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Mar 15, 11:12am

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Myths about legendary swords Can't Post

here is a brief article about legendary swords, have a read https://swordsswords.com/...endary-weapon-sword/

Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens

Mar 15, 5:44pm

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Interesting - I was intrigued [In reply to] Can't Post

by Myth 5, about water or oil being used for quenching. What kind of oil, I wonder? Would the heat of the sword run the risk of igniting it?

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Mar 16, 1:35pm

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Oil for quenching [In reply to] Can't Post

I was intrigued by that, too, since whenever I've watched traditional blacksmiths at work, they've plunged their works into water.

So I poked around online. One do-it-yourself knife site recommends food-grade oils such as peanut or canola, since they have no additives (as opposed to motor oil), have a high flash point, are inexpensive and easy to obtain, and smell good so they don't stink up the house! Laugh

It looks like water-quenching produces the hardest metal, oil if you want it a bit "softer". I wonder if any of our resident smiths could weigh in on this?


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens

Mar 16, 2:22pm

Post #4 of 6 (1258 views)
I have an amusing mental/olfactory image now [In reply to] Can't Post

of the Orc and Uruk Hai sword production facilities reeking of peanuts. A bit odd, that...! Probaby a lot letter than anything else they might reek of, though.Wink

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Mar 16, 3:15pm

Post #5 of 6 (1249 views)
Interesting article! [In reply to] Can't Post

I was curious about the author's statement regarding sword weight. So I poked around and came across this, from the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts: http://www.thearma.org/...hts.htm#.XI0RARNKjeY

Apparently the author is quite right about the typical weight for swords from that time - and our concept of those being heavy, unwieldy things is due to the misconceptions of "experts" since then.


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Mar 16, 6:19pm

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