Modern Marvels

Axes, Swords and Knives

Season 9, Ep 16, Aired 5/7/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Blade implements have been a part of civilized man's arsenal since the Paleolithic Age, when sharp tools were chipped off of flint or obsidian. But with the discovery of metallurgy, people were able to forge stronger, more versatile blade implements. We visit an axe-throwing contest in Wisconsin for an introduction to the least subtle of the blade tools. Then we visit a swordsmith and an experienced swordfighter who work in traditional methods from ancient sources, and review the history of knives.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Cambou

  • Matthew P. Hickey

  • Paul Dzilvelis

  • Sven Nilsson

  • Guy Thomas

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: They chop, they dice, they slash, they lop, they slay, but wait, there’s more! They’re among man’s earliest, deadliest yet most useful tools and thousands of years later they’re still razor sharp. It’s a special TV offer! Now: Axes, Swords and Knives, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (2)

    • Paul Champagne Swordsmith Jeffrey Forgeng Curator, Higgins Armory Museum Cecilia Aquillon Sales Manager, Kyocera America Dr. Harold Dibble Archaeologist, University of Pennsylvania Lee Jones Blade Historian John Clements Martial Arts Historian Gus Carlson Axe Thrower Carson Bosworth Axe Thrower Ron Harris Edged Weapons Expert Charles Elsener President, Victorinox Ross Anderson President, Lamson & Goodnow Mfg. Co

    • Writer: Matthew P. Hickey Producer: Matthew P. Hickey Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Narrator: Max Raphael Editor: Sven Nilsson Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Music: Guy Thomas Production Manager: Kathlene Exner Post Producer: Scott Berkson Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Hildie Katibah Archivist: Nilda Pergola-Jensen Researcher: Diane Wai Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez Historical Consultant: Paul Champagne Footage Consultant: Ted Troll Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid Post Production Assistant: Montgomery Jesselton Kingsley Camera: Carlos Montaner Camera: George Odell Camera: Jesse Phinney Field Audio: David S. Wason Online Editor: David Rex Sound Mixer: Paul Ray Animation: Song Design, INC Animation: Rick Orner Graphics: Barry Hill Production Auditor: Dani Eslin Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner Assistant Production Accountant: Dennis Luciani Production Coordinator: Michael Z Davis Assistant Production Coordinator: James Wiser Production Assistant: Rasi Delgado Special Thanks: Cornelius H. Barnes Paul Barrick Jeff Basham Alex Bildeaux, Sr. CHB Combative Arts Diane & Paul Hickey Bruce Jones Mel Lentz Dan Maragni Museum Replicas Limited Walter Nelson Alex Steenhuyse Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra Produced by Actuality Productions

    Trivia (4)

    • The Fall River, Massachusetts home of accused axe murderer Lizzie Borden, the very place where her father and stepmother were hacked to death, is now a macabre bed and breakfast.

    • England's Queen Elizabeth employed four ceremonial swords during her coronation in 1953: the Sword of Mercy, the Sword of Spiritual Justice, the Sword of Temporal Justice and the Sword of State.

    • A surprising number of ancient swords are found in riverbeds. No one knows exactly why.

    • The edge on a knife blade can be honed to a razor sharp one micron width. A human hair is roughly 100 microns wide.

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