glyph 161: explorer armorer craftsman artist weapons
Life hands a child one end of a long and engaging thread. -leif
"At that moment a seed was planted. He knew he wanted to learn how to forge a sword - a real one, like the ones he'd seen hanging on the walls of museums and armouries. He hammered happily away on his little beloved anvil, striving to realize the dream, while cold-forging miniature swords from gas welding rods. In the end the anvil got so badly bruised and dented that it was no longer of any practical use. The dream to become a smith would have to wait a few years yet."
The full story at: http://www.albionarmorers.com/swords/johnsson/peter.htm
On the weight of medieval swords, a fine essay by J. Clements showing that most "experts" are wrong
entered before July 9, 2006; edited/updated November 26, 2015