A reader turned me on to a long and fascinating sword article in Collector’s Weekly. The profile of northern CA sword maker Francis Boyd is a fairly long read, but you’ll learn more than you ever needed to know about wootz steel, the etymology of the term ‘Damascus Steel’ and the construction of 100-layer swords like this one. Make the jump for more (not oddly disturbing) sword porn and the full article.
Was this actually Marco Polo’s sword, or just a Chinese knockoff? Head over to Collector’s Weekly for the answer, and more.