Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 16

Axes, Swords and Knives

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 07, 2002 on The History Channel
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Axes, Swords and Knives
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
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • 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.

    • 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

        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

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