Filmové mýty o mečoch

Stále som chcela držať meč, bojovať proti všetkým nepriateľom a stať sa prekrásnou rešpektovanou hrdinkou. Keď pozerám všetky tie filmy, kde dobro bojuje so zlom a skoro vždy víťazí. prinútilo ma to zamyslieť sa…Ako sa vyrábajú skutočné meče?

Meče Katanas

Quentin Tarantino alebo japonské komiksové knihy zobrazujú Katanas ako kúzelnú zbraň. Je ostrá a silná natoľko, aby preťala kov, kosť či pevné objekt. Je však tento meč taký skvelý, pretože bola oceľ pri výrobe skladaná viac než tisíckrát?

Realita : Japonskí kováči mečov používali kov známy ako tamahagane. Západ odmietal použitie tohto kovu na výrobu zbraní, pretože obsahoval veľa uhlíka (karbónu). Proces skladania kovu teda začal ako spôsob zbavovania sa karbónu. Skutoční japonskí kováči skladali kov asi osemkrát, keďže vedeli, že mnohonásobné skladanie kovu by viedlo k oslabeniu meča Katana a stal by sa tak hračkou pre deti. Odhliadnuc na fakt, že aj keby ste jeden z takýchto pravých nožov vlastnili, museli by ste mať špeciálny výcvik na to, aby ste ho vôbec vedeli použiť.

“Only a Japanese blade can end something this perverted.” Pulp Fiction

Meče boli na začiatku vždy roztavené

Veľa ľudí verí, že každý meč vznikol z roztavenej a horúcej ocele. Je naozaj veľmi čarovné predstaviť si, že meče, ktoré boli na začiatku roztavené, potom zabili toľko zlých postáv.

Realita : Vyrábať meče takýmto spôsobom ich robím nepoužiteľnými. Oceľová čepeľ, ktorá bola na začiatku roztavená, by sa mohla stať súčasťou akurát tak domácou zbierkou mečov. Každý meč začína svoj život ako veľký tuhý kus kovu, ocele a naberá na tvrdosti.

Pán Prsteňov

Shanghai Metal Corporation ponúka zákazníkom kvalitnú oceľ, uhlíkovú oceľ, nerezovú oceľ či iné produkty. Pre viac informácií navštívte webové stránky spoločnosti alebo nám zašlite dopyt. Anglicky hovoriaci personál vám ochotne pomôže. Stiahnite si aplikáciu oskenovaním kódu alebo nás nasledujte na sociálnych sieťach.

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Zdroje : totalfilm.com, whatculture.com, cracked.com, googleimages, wikipedia.org

What The Movies Got Wrong About Swords

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

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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

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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

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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.

killbillkatanaSo 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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Top 3 Ammunition Alternatives

Amid news that there’s a shortage of ammunition in the US (specifically .22 300-, .303 and .243 caliber shells) it may be time to think of some alternatives.

Regarding rumors Homeland Security has stockpiled ammunition, the NRA has clarified in fact government purchase are down in the last three years. In fact it is due to increased demand, rising raw material and labor costs, and tighter gun control. So, here is our list of viable alternatives for this year’s empty handed subsistence hunters:

Rock Salt

Owing to their large bore size, shotguns can load all sorts of unique ammo you wouldn’t normally find on smaller-caliber weapons like rifles or handguns. And if you’re a Tarantino fan, you probably remember the scene in Kill Bill Vol. 2 where Bud blows the Bride away with a shell full of rock salt. Turns out, Tarantino didn’t completely make that up.

Used as something of a poor man’s rubber bullets, rock salt slugs were designed to scare off trespassers—it was a stronger warning than foul language, and not as much overkill as live ammunition. And from the ballistic tests we’ve seen, the idea makes sense. Rock salt is brittle enough to shatter at close range without breaking skin, but it’ll still hurt. Of course, given that you have to hand-load the salt yourself, and the shotgun’s barrel has to be cleaned right away afterward to avoid corrosion, it’s not very practical. On the other hand, it’s the perfect ammo to stockpile if you’re expecting an invasion from giant alien snails.

Homing Bullets

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Over at the Sandia National Laboratories, engineers have developed a “smart” bullet, which is expected to hit targets out to a range of 2,000 meters (1.2 miles) with Duke Togo levels of accuracy. The bullet is equipped with an optical sensor that controls a set of miniature fins near the bullet’s tail end. Once a target is “painted” by the laser and the bullet leaves the barrel, the sensor tracks the laser dot, sending signals to the fins to keep it on course and land it within 20 centimeters (7.9 in) of the target.

As far as targeting is concerned, it is a miniature Tomahawk cruise missile, a pocket-sized Liam Neeson that will look for, find, and kill anything within a mile.

Dragon’s Breath

Not all bullets are designed to shoot people with. Some, like the Dragon’s Breath ammo for shotguns, look more like somebody’s way of indulging their inner child (or pyromaniac).

The round uses a magnesium-based ammo that, when fired, triggers gout of flame that can get as long as 30 meters (100 ft). It looks absolutely awesome on a dark night, and it’s guaranteed to make that next home invader wish he brought an extra pair of pants, as long as the shooter remembers not to burn down his home.

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If you’re looking for a solution to the shortage however, look no further. Shanghai Metal manufactures the Copper Clad Steel used to make bullets. Copper clad means both sides of the carbon steel are covered with T2 copper. This is a novel alloy material which can be used in a variety of applications.  To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

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