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Naue II Mycenaean Bronze Sword Tests

Naue II Mycenaean Bronze Sword Tests

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Thrand and Eldgrim test the long awaited Naue II Bronze swords from master bronze weaponsmith and Historian Neil Burridge . They give short history and Thrand test the sword along with aspis in hand out on 20% ballistic gel ans with layers of linen to simulate the old linothorax to see how powerful a thrust can come from the these revered ancient weapons of war! So sit back grab a mead, wine or ouzo and enjoy the package opened and bronze blades of a master smith tested.

Neil Burridge's site to order these wonderful works of antiquity and learn from him as well!

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Note from viewer css1971

Bronze hardness (Vickers) : 60-258 depending on the mixture of tin/copper
Iron hardness: 30-80
Steel (iron/iron carbide matrix): 175-458
Hard steel (late swords and modern steels): 650+

A good bronze sword wouldn't be a bad choice until steel came along, and even then the early steels would have been half a dozen of one six of the other.

Lovely swords btw. ... Only £350 ... hmmmm..... I know what I'm saving up for now.

Watch the video: Forging a Bronze-Age Sword (May 2022).