Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 16

Axes, Swords and Knives

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 07, 2002 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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