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Nova on PBS... 1 year 9 months ago #5858

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Thought the description of tonight's Nova episode on PBS was interesting, sometimes you get some insights into blade design & steel properties...

The secrets behind the design and construction of the Vikings' Ulfberht sword, which was made between A.D. 800-1000, are revealed by master blacksmith Ric Furrer, who reverse engineers the sturdy weapon in the Season 40 premiere. Experts have also wondered where the high-carbon steel used in the blade came from, given that it wasn't used elsewhere in Europe at the time. Clues unearthed from Viking graves, however, point to an answer: traders who ventured to Persia or Afghanistan.
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This sounds really interesting. If you come across a link to view the show from an archive please let me know since I can't watch it due to traveling.

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Thought the description of tonight's Nova episode on PBS was interesting, sometimes you get some insights into blade design & steel properties...

The secrets behind the design and construction of the Vikings' Ulfberht sword, which was made between A.D. 800-1000, are revealed by master blacksmith Ric Furrer, who reverse engineers the sturdy weapon in the Season 40 premiere. Experts have also wondered where the high-carbon steel used in the blade came from, given that it wasn't used elsewhere in Europe at the time. Clues unearthed from Viking graves, however, point to an answer: traders who ventured to Persia or Afghanistan.
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Re: Nova on PBS... 1 year 9 months ago #5871

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Looks interesting.

www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/secrets-viking-sword.html

As does this one from 2007.
www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/secrets-samurai-sword.html

Now out on video I see.
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Re: Nova on PBS... 1 year 9 months ago #5872

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Thank you! I'll check it out when I have a better internet connection.Billabong wrote:
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Re: Nova on PBS... 1 year 9 months ago #5873

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DVD for sale at Amazon on the 23rd.

www.amazon.com/Nova-Secrets-Artist-Not-Provided/dp/B008V8NRV2

More info.
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/oct/09/nova-secrets-viking-sword/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kpbs%2Ftv+(KPBS+TV%3A+Program+Hightlights)
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Re: Nova on PBS... 1 year 9 months ago #5957

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Got a chance to watch this yesterday, found a copy on the net. ;)
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Re: Nova on PBS... 1 year 9 months ago #5960

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It can now be watched at PBS's website...

www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/secrets-viking-sword.html

also the Samurai sword making episode, which is really good...

www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/secrets-samurai-sword.html

:)
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Re: Nova on PBS... 1 year 9 months ago #5966

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Awesome - thanks for putting up the links! :woohoo:
Some of the edges I've sharpened on the WE
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Re: Nova on PBS... 1 year 9 months ago #5971

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+1, Very cool and informative program.....really enjoyed that!
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cbwx34 wrote:
It can now be watched at PBS's website...

Yes, thanks for posting my links again. ;)
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