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Forged in Fire, a US show that asks bladesmiths to construct and then test historical blades, did a show on the Greek xiphos, the Bronze Age shortsword of the phalanx. Certainly this isn't a battle test, but it's a good approximation. In past episodes with other blades, the show has used ballistic dummies, suspended hog carcasses, and other media to test blade sharpness, durability, and handling.

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I have a friend who tried his hand at forging short swords out of old railroad spikes.  As it happens, a single spike was just about the perfect amount of steel to forge a blade and tang.  It also took a massive amount of effort to re-mill by hand.  Balance, though, was the real challenge.  Unsharpened, it makes one hell of a billy club.


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Ha! Railroad ties. That's a hoot.
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