NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword (2012)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Inventions & Innovations  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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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. 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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blacksmith, sword, Viking