Peter Johnsson, Sword Smith

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Uppsala-based virtuoso weapon smith Peter Johnsson of Albion Swords Ltd has offered to make a replica of the Djurhamn sword. He also kindly allowed me to put some pix of his work on-line. Eye candy!

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Comments

  1. #1 Anatoly
    November 9, 2007

    Shiny!

    Though, did he use modern techniques to make it?

  2. #2 Martin R
    November 9, 2007

    I don’t know really, but it wouldn’t surprise me if his methods are 100% period.

  3. #3 Left_Wing_Fox
    November 9, 2007

    http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/johnsson/swords-museum.htm

    Looks like they use a computer-guided mill for the start, then complete the rest by hand-grinding.

    Still, incredible work. :)

  4. #4 Jonathan Allen
    November 10, 2007

    100% historical techniques are not possible for two reasons.

    First, modern steel doesn’t have the slag found in period steel. This changes how the metal must be worked.

    Second, they didn’t write a whole lot down so many of the specifics are simply not known.

  5. #5 Mattias Niord
    November 12, 2007

    Yes, it is not really possible to use the 100% correct techniques. We have to good steel, nowadays, as a blacksmith aquaintance put it. But Peter is a master, but a real mess to work together with since he has no sense of order. But then, I also lack a sense of absolute order, as long as I know where my stuff is. Or rather, like Peter, I got my own order.
    But then we geniuses mostly have a superior sense of order compared with the rest of you lot! ;)

    Hmm… It is a shame that Peters swords cost a fortune…

  6. #6 guthrie
    November 16, 2007

    Bllunts or sharps? HOw is the weight and balance, close to the originals?
    They are very nice though, and cover a good 300 years of swords.
    I do historical fencing with the Dawn Duellists in Edinburgh, so naturally am very interested in those swords. One of our founder members has a historical fencing school in Helsinki, but I have no idea what historical fencing is like in Sweden.

  7. #7 kontakt
    March 27, 2008

    Tjusigt, minst sagt. Jag nöjer mig nog med enklare saker.

  8. #8 Nathan
    July 3, 2009

    The person, above, who states that Peter Johnsson is using a CNC machine to pre-mill the blades is incorrect. The page linked that shows the process is for sword that Peter designs for ALBION SWORDS, not for his hand-made pieces.

    Peter Johnsson is one of only a few people alive today doing detailed research on historical antique arms and armour and applying it to the craft of the recreation of said pieces.

    See http://www.myArmoury.com/ for further information on historical swords.

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    April 19, 2012

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