Even if there were a sword of Troy, back then swords were not made very well. Steel was not invented yet. Copper and brass were the metals of the
time, and were usually put together.
As you might guess, both copper and brass are fairly soft metals... so swords of the time didn't last very long. Those found in museums now...like
in Greece and Italy, made of these combination are rusted and even if put through restoration don't end up too well. Even if the sword was cleaned
constanlty, and kept in a dry clean space, the years will take its toll on the metal and turn the metal to black.
As an owner of a Japanese Katana, I was given a cleaning kit, to make sure rust doesn't take hold and destroy the blade. The ancient Japanese found
the secret of making great swords, by folding hot steel over, over and over again until the blade was unbelievablly sharp.
The best swords of Europe were later made in Badalona, Spain. The Spanish steel was hard to come by, although its been rumored that it was the
of Caribbean Pirates years later. It did help the Conquistadors conquor South America. Still, these were not the best swords in the world...
Unlike other swords of the day,the Japanese sword or Katana, had its blade on one side, with the weight being on the other side.
This way when it was swung downward, it could cleeve though leather, wood and flesh much easyier.
Even during the times of the 14th Century, Gengis Khan and the Mongol hordes, the Japanese Samurai swords were made extra strong, and longer to be
used on horse back. This style sword "Shobu Zukuri" Katana was made to withstand shock to cleve through Mongol armor. By that time, swordsmakers
were indeed master sword makers of the world. These swords are kept in museums in Japan and still look almost as good as the day they were retired.
Japan had so many sword makers and swords they ended up selling them to the Chinese (their future enemy) along with some of the secrets of sword
making. Noticed I said Some...You dont want to give away all your secrets! But thats why even today the Best swords made are Japanese.
[edit on 12-6-2004 by Scoey]