'Sword of Heroes' is a Pattern Welded Short Sword
in the Anglo Saxon style produced in early winter of 2000.
It is hand forged of two twisted core rods with spring
steel cutting edges. This blade formed the centre piece of
a short television segment that originally appeared on
'Discovery.ca' in November 2000. This feature was produced
by the Royal Ontario Museum, as part of their continuing
effort to relate their collection to the work of artisans
employing traditional techniques.
The sword is in the form of a gladius, the primary weapon of the Roman Legionary, with the distinctive 'wasp waist' shape. It is about 22 inches long and 2 1/2 across at its widest, total length (with hilt) of 28", weight about 2 1/ lbs. The blade is formed of two core rods, each with a total of nine layers (wrought iron, mild steel, L6). Each cutting edge is formed of a separate piece of spring steel. The sword is completed with a plain forged steel cross guard, natural antler slab hilt that holds a cast in place pewter disk as the pommel weight.
This sword is part of my ongoing series of replicating the processes of Northern European Migration Era swordsmiths. The concept behind the piece is this: With the retreat of the Romans in the 400's, cast off or duplicate Roman military equipment was commonly used by the Britons The theory was 'If we LOOK like Romans, we can FIGHT like Romans'. Thus the blade shape is in the Roman style. The invading Saxons would have introduced a new technology, that of pattern welding. (The finest example of the method is seen in the sword from Sutton Hoo, likely forged in Denmark some time in the early decades of the 600's). The sword thus represents what was 'cutting edge' technology in the 500's during the Saxon Invasions. The use of L6 alloy (with its nickel content) is a reflection of the occasional use of meteor iron in early medieval blades. Taken together this sword has the elements that might combine to create a legendary chieftain's sword.
'Sword of Heroes' was purchased in January 2007.
The price for a similar sword blade (two layered cores with spring steel edges) is roughly $1500
If you are interested in commissioning a blade like this, please e-mail me.