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Originally posted by dainoyfb
reply to post by JohnPhoenix
Thanks for a great thread OP.
Have you come across mention of how crucible temperatures were obtained with methods of the time?
The Ulfberht sword was only made for about 200 years between 800 and 1000 A.D., Furrer said. Only about 300 Ulfberht swords have been found.
He heard about the documentary from a mass email that was sent out to swordsmiths. For nine months he and the producers discussed the project. Last October a camera crew came to his workshop in Nasewaupee to film him forging the sword over the course of two days.
“I had to make a convincing ninth-century viking blacksmith setup,” said Furrer, who has 23 years of smithing experience. He built a small anvil and a mud brick forge. He even made the steel that was used in the blade and the inlay of the sword.
“Nothing was off the shelf. Everything was made purpose-built for this project,” he said.
More than 1,000 years ago the Ulfberht was forged from a single piece of steel, while other swords of the same time period would have been created using smaller pieces welded together to create a pattern, he said.
It was also superior to other swords of its time because the metal used for the blades was high quality and did not contain slag, a byproduct of smelting ore.
One word, “Ulfberht,” is inlaid on the sword’s blade. On the reverse side of the blade is a crossed T.
“It’s not the name of the maker,” Furrer said. Ulfberht could be a word for power, called a kenning, that is meant to protect the sword’s owner, or it could be a word meaning “wolf.”
“It could be wolf, it could be many things,” he said.
The only known fact about the crossed T is that it signifies the sword was slag-free, Furrer explained.
Doing the inlay of the sword was the most difficult part.
He said that at any point something could have gone “horribly wrong” with recreating the sword.
Furrer was assisted on the bellows by Kevin Cashen, a master smith and longtime friend from Michigan.
“It’s a pretty short list of people who could come and be of benefit,” he said.
Furrer has not seen the documentary yet.
As to the program and comments and such I am not sure what I can add.
The show pretty much stands on its own...it told a story and had good visuals and information.
I do wish more time, energy and money were put toward such subjects...we would know so much more about the world before us.
THE sword made for the filming will be auctioned off at a future date, it is NOT currently for sale.
PRICING: A similar sword made by the same methods is $7,500 for the blade.
Fittings are in addition to that cost. Contact me for details.
In the Summer and Fall of 2011 I had the pleasure to be involved in the production of a TV documentary program focussed on the Viking Sword.
The program was produced for NOVA www.pbs.org... though the work of National Geographic and Pangloss Films (www.panglossfilms.com...). In October of 2011 Pangloss Films came to my shop and documented the making of a special sword based on the research of Dr. Alan William's of "The Wallace Collection" in London (www.wallacecollection.org...). Several years ago Dr. William's began a study of Ulfberht inlayed sword blades and discovered that the blade which carried a signature of a certain type appeared to have no slag. His work can be seen in several articles and his new book "The Sword and the Crucible" ISBN 9789004227835. I had the pleasure of spending a few weeks with Dr. Alan Williams in North India back in 2007 and can tell you he is an extremely insightful archeo-metallurgist.
originally posted by: davidmann
Found an interesting link. There are several stories of legends, and many pictures.
Elsewhere, I learned that most (authentic) recovered Ulfbehrts were found in river beds. Many of the burial pieces are fakes/lesser quality pieces. The soused viking would drop his sword while staggering home.
originally posted by: LucidFusion
reply to post by davidmann
Apparently the fakes had "+Ulfberht+" while the authentic crucible steel variants were had the inlay spelled "+Ulfberh+t".
I imagine those who got burned with a lower quality knockoff were ridiculed severely by their fellow vikings who owned the real deal...
"Hey guys, check out Sven over there... He spent a fortune on that sword and the inlay isn't even spelled right! What a douche!"