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Forging The Blood Dagger

My good friend, Will Duff, has volunteered to forge the Blood Dagger for me! For real! We have been going back and forth on design plans and the origin of the blade. You'll have to read the entire series to know the true origin, by the way. And I am super excited that he is taking this project on for me. If you're on social media, be sure to follow my Facebook author page or Instagram for cool videos and updates. A little update from Will on the progress of the Blood Dagger. He sent me this pic, and I absolutely love it already. Will is a Bladesmith. Just a little history for you all: Bladesmithing is the art of making knives, swords, daggers and other blades using a forge, hammer, anvil, and other smithing tools. Bladesmiths employ a variety of metalworking techniques similar to those used by blacksmiths, as well as woodworking for knife and sword handles, and often leatherworking for sheaths. Bladesmithing is an art that is thousands of years old and found in cultures as diverse as China, Japan, India, Germany, Korea, the Middle East, Spain and the British Isles. Celtic The Proto-Celtic Hallstatt culture (8th century BC) were among the earliest users of iron swords. During the Hallstatt period, they made swords both in bronze as well as iron with rounded tips. Toward the end of the Hallstatt period, around 600-500BC, these swords were replaced with short daggers. The La Tene culture reintroduced the sword, which were very different from the traditional shape and construction of the Bronze Age and early Iron Age, characterized by a more pointed tip. Will is kind of like Vinson in my book. Who else loves Vinson?

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