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Blacksmith forging weapon. Source: helivideo / Adobe Stock.

Bronze Age Blacksmithing: From Liquid Fire to Sword in Minutes (Video)


In a fascinating video, the BBC’s Neil Oliver skillfully recreates the ancient art of fashioning a Bronze Age sword, using techniques and materials identical to those employed by our ancestors. The process entails a meticulous control of bellows' velocity and temperature, allowing for the fusion of copper and tin into a remarkably sturdy alloy: bronze, the epitome of durability in antiquity. Crafting the sword proves to be a formidable endeavor, with craftsmen contending with intricate molds, a true testament to their dedication.

As the liquid metal cools and solidifies, its resemblance to a beating heart is uncanny, portraying the remarkable metamorphosis from molten concoction to a resilient blade. In the midst of this captivating transformation, Neil Oliver and his team stand in awe, marveling at the sword's distinctive hue and unwavering robustness. This undertaking provides a rare glimpse into the ingenuity and skill of our ancestors, who, devoid of modern-day advancements, managed to forge weapons of unparalleled might.

Top image: Blacksmith forging weapon. Source: helivideo / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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