Saturday, July 27, 2013


Interesting PBS program about Viking swords. Of the 44 inspected in modern times, 33 were fake. The fake ones were spelled incorrectly. (The last "+" was in the wrong spot.) They also had about 1/3 the carbon of the real ones, making them brittle.

"In a world of mud and trees and rock, you have the polished metal. And that was different."

I love near the end, how the letters appear, seemingly through magic, after the acid wash. Amazing, what some dude in Wisconsin can make. (Only $7,500, if you're interested.)

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