Luristan Type 2 Iron Swords
|Is there anything I can tell you about the Luristan type 2 swords that I haven't
already dealt with here under the heading "Early Mediterranean
Not really - unfortunately. Just for fun, I give you a picture of a borderline case from Saruq al.Hadid together with a rather unusual one with a lion hilt
|The one on the right has a blade that is very reminiscent of the Luristan type I blades. Did somebody produce an early "pastiche" by fixing a fancy hilt to the blade of an original mask sword?
|I could produce more pictures of type II swords but that doesn't really help. Let's recount what we know and what we don't
|Here is the list
|The last point merits some comments. How do you make a one-piece-of-iron sword
like these from a rather imperfect lump of iron like the famous Khorsabad
double pyramisds? It definitely needs a lot of good fire welding. I would not be surprised if one will find that a lot
of folding was done like with the Luristan type I swords (and likely with the bi-metal swords).
And how do you forge that hilt? It is not clear to me at all. A modern smith might have some ideas of how do that. However it is done, it cannot be easy. Once more we encounter highly sophisticated craftsmanship.
To say it once more: these simple looking swords took substantial skills in iron working for their production.
|Northing helps but a thorough metallurgical investigation of some specimen in the future. Let's hope somebody will do it.
More Luristan Swords
Early Iron Swords
First Iron Swords - Double-Disc Hilt Sword
First Iron Swords - Places
First Iron Swords
First Iron Swords - Literature Digest
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