Knife making - Sword making - metals forging - welding Official thread for Knife making - Sword making The art, masterpiece, the honor and truth. I'm a big fan of aikado, which I believe to be a defense-type martial arts, and in being prepared, we come to face the evil around this world. This is not a matter of trust, but education. With power comes great responsibility, and nobody has the right, nor the priviledge to take away a person's life, regardless of the actions of that person. Forgiveness is God's greatest gift to us. Thus I have said what I meant to say, down to business now. I hear Japanese sword making what first-class, best of it's art in the world, in the past. I don't know how, but just heard that. Highlander? This is what this thread is all about.... say you got time travelled back to the stone age, or that of Adam/Eve, whatever you may want to believe..... and you wanted to be prepared to defend yourself.... where to go from there... Forge, Anvil, Hammer, heat, welding, oxy-acetylene, please try to keep this as Basic as you can, URLs are utmost beneficial. I've seen braveheart, I've seen Gladiator, I've seen Lord of the Rings (Extended DVD of Two Towers - forging of the great sword), I've played Ultima Online (Blacksmithy and Mining were amongst my favorite... along with the varied amounts of unique minerals of the ground). 000000000000000000000000000000000000 So my question(s) comes down to this: How are knifes, swords, hammers, anvils, forges all made and used, maintained, and used to their full effictiveness to produce perfection? What metals are used? classification, identification, comparing, attributes (benefitis/drawbacks), everything.... including alloys, gold, rare minerals, etc.