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Old 08-06-2013, 03:20 AM   #27381
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My little sister watches that show. I'll keep my opinion to myself :P
My students are always trying to get me to watch it so we are since we got Netflix. Sad to say I love it. Don't hold that against me.
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My students are always trying to get me to watch it so we are since we got Netflix. Sad to say I love it. Don't hold that against me.
Well, I still love my sister, so I guess we can be friends
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If you're watching Pretty Little Liars I may not be so forgiving....
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If you're watching Pretty Little Liars I may not be so forgiving....
Yeah, think again. I watched Hell on wheels. Then this morning before I got busy I watched "secrets of the Viking sword", a national geographic special on the making, origin, and design of the Ulfbreht sword. Awesome stuff.
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Yeah, think again. I watched Hell on wheels. Then this morning before I got busy I watched "secrets of the Viking sword", a national geographic special on the making, origin, and design of the Ulfbreht sword. Awesome stuff.
That sounds really interesting where did come from originally??
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That sounds really interesting where did come from originally??
Ulfbreht? They believe it's forged from high carbon crucible steel obtained through Viking trading in Iran, mostly because of two bits of information: the Vikings were incapable of making such pure steel, and the people of Iran were; and they were only made while that particular trade route was open, through the course of about 150 years.

It's one of the earlier examples of a "name brand" it seems, and even had its own knock offs. The design is Viking.

No one knows what Ulfbreht means, but it's Frankish origin in name, which would point towards France. But France was firmly Catholic at the time, and the Catholic church forbade trading with them. Another interesting tidbit is this: "Ulfbreht" is actually inlaid into the steel with a separate metal (iron or lower quality steel), by the name being cut into the blade, then the letters inlaid, pounded into place, and forge welded. But it's inlaid as +ULFBREH+T with the "+" being a Christian cross. Now, the Vikings of the era weren't Christians. And even Christians of the time didn't put a cross in front of their names...except for officers within the Catholic church...mostly the French ones.

So...what's up with a "name brand" sword, made of Iranian steel, by Vikings, bearing a Frankish name incorporating Catholic symbology of the era? That's the mystery. Who was Ulfbreht? No one knows. With such a famous "brand" of sword, and fairly extensive written records by the Vikings concerning their infatuation with, and history of their weapons, they can't find any mention of a family of blacksmiths, a region, guild or anything that points to the makers of Ulfbreht swords. They're certain it's more than one person because of the time frame.

Anyway. Richard Furrer is the man who actually built a new one using primitive methods. The show goes through the whole sword making process as he does it.
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Ulfbreht? They believe it's forged from high carbon crucible steel obtained through Viking trading in Iran, mostly because of two bits of information: the Vikings were incapable of making such pure steel, and the people of Iran were; and they were only made while that particular trade route was open, through the course of about 150 years.

It's one of the earlier examples of a "name brand" it seems, and even had its own knock offs. The design is Viking.

No one knows what Ulfbreht means, but it's Frankish origin in name, which would point towards France. But France was firmly Catholic at the time, and the Catholic church forbade trading with them. Another interesting tidbit is this: "Ulfbreht" is actually inlaid into the steel with a separate metal (iron or lower quality steel), by the name being cut into the blade, then the letters inlaid, pounded into place, and forge welded. But it's inlaid as +ULFBREH+T with the "+" being a Christian cross. Now, the Vikings of the era weren't Christians. And even Christians of the time didn't put a cross in front of their names...except for officers within the Catholic church...mostly the French ones.

So...what's up with a "name brand" sword, made of Iranian steel, by Vikings, bearing a Frankish name incorporating Catholic symbology of the era? That's the mystery. Who was Ulfbreht? No one knows. With such a famous "brand" of sword, and fairly extensive written records by the Vikings concerning their infatuation with, and history of their weapons, they can't find any mention of a family of blacksmiths, a region, guild or anything that points to the makers of Ulfbreht swords. They're certain it's more than one person because of the time frame.

Anyway. Richard Furrer is the man who actually built a new one using primitive methods. The show goes through the whole sword making process as he does it.
Did not know that. I just assumed that my ancestors got them the same way they got everything else. They stole 'em.
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Ulfbreht? They believe it's forged from high carbon crucible steel obtained through Viking trading in Iran, mostly because of two bits of information: the Vikings were incapable of making such pure steel, and the people of Iran were; and they were only made while that particular trade route was open, through the course of about 150 years.

It's one of the earlier examples of a "name brand" it seems, and even had its own knock offs. The design is Viking.

No one knows what Ulfbreht means, but it's Frankish origin in name, which would point towards France. But France was firmly Catholic at the time, and the Catholic church forbade trading with them. Another interesting tidbit is this: "Ulfbreht" is actually inlaid into the steel with a separate metal (iron or lower quality steel), by the name being cut into the blade, then the letters inlaid, pounded into place, and forge welded. But it's inlaid as +ULFBREH+T with the "+" being a Christian cross. Now, the Vikings of the era weren't Christians. And even Christians of the time didn't put a cross in front of their names...except for officers within the Catholic church...mostly the French ones.

So...what's up with a "name brand" sword, made of Iranian steel, by Vikings, bearing a Frankish name incorporating Catholic symbology of the era? That's the mystery. Who was Ulfbreht? No one knows. With such a famous "brand" of sword, and fairly extensive written records by the Vikings concerning their infatuation with, and history of their weapons, they can't find any mention of a family of blacksmiths, a region, guild or anything that points to the makers of Ulfbreht swords. They're certain it's more than one person because of the time frame.

Anyway. Richard Furrer is the man who actually built a new one using primitive methods. The show goes through the whole sword making process as he does it.
That's interesting to say the least. I'll have to watch that.





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