It gleamed darkly, a pattern of whorls in the steel catching the strange gray light, so that the blade seemed to ripple and undulate almost as if it were alive.
—Haunt Me Still
While studying Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, I read Hilda Ellis Davidson’s The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England and found it as gripping as a thriller. I’ve been fascinated by pattern-welded blades ever since.
In recent years, modern smiths have re-learned how to forge such blades. Some swordsmiths whose work I especially admire are:
- Jake Powning
- Rob Miller of Castle Keep, on the Isle of Skye
- Peter Johnsson
- Owen Bush
- and David DelaGardelle and Andy Davis, once of the MAD Dwarf Workshop, now of Cedarlore Forge and A. Davis Metalworx
There are other fine swordsmiths out there. A good place to start looking is:
Forging a Pattern-Welded Blade