In fantasy novels and action movies, we like to see weapons at work but we don’t particularly care how they were created. Some swords have even more elaborate origin stories than the characters who wield them. All the stranger then, that no one writing our favorite books and movies ever bothered to google how these weapons are really made.
Myth 1: Making a Blade Only Takes One Movie Scene
All you have to do is heat the carbon steel, pound it into shape, then heat it again like they do in movies. Those montages never take more than a couple minutes; surely you could churn out countless swords a day? In fact, a single longsword can take anywhere from 40 to 80 hours of forge time.
Myth 2: Magic Metals Make Super-Powered Swords
We’ve already covered this one in our article about the reality of shows like Game of Throne’s Valyrian Steel Blades. Sadly, here in the real world, we just have steel. There are no hidden mines spitting up extra special sword metal, no meteorites raining magic space iron down on our heads.
Myth 3: Katanas Are the Greatest Sword Ever Invented
If you’ve ever watched a Tarantino then you are well aware of this myth. Draped in honour, these samurai swords are folded multiple times to get them to unparelled sharpness levels. However, katanas are typically made of pig iron, and are only folded to remove the impurities of the sub-par metal.
So if you were thinking of whipping up a sword in your spare time, you may need to schedule a few more hours in. If you’re looking for the materials, Shanghai Metal Corporation manufactures the carbon steel used for most sword replicas. As an ISO 14001 (International Quality Management System) Company and recipient of the “Star Enterprise Award,” Shanghai Metal Corporation prides itself on exceeding international standards of quality and reliability. We guarantee the best prices, quality support, and fast delivery. To find out more, please visit our Website, WordPress, LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code. Moreover, we sell directly from Alibaba , EC21 and Tradekey.
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