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Old 31st January 2011, 06:37 AM   #1
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Default Singing Swords

Yesterday, I was cleaning a group of blades which I kept close-by, stored vertically within a bucket. When I removed one, I was surprised to hear this very pleasant melodous tone, that lasted about 3-4 seconds.

The blade was a sword bayonet, yataghan shaped, a Swedish m/1867 to be more exact. It, and to a lessser degree, a similar yet longer Danish m/1859, very nicely rang whenever their blades were lightly beaten....

Most other blades simply respond with a dull, short-lived clang. Now, these two scandinavian blades sounded _remarkably_ different.

Prince Valiant and the legend of the Singing Sword inmediately came to mind...

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Old 2nd February 2011, 06:06 PM   #2
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I have a Philippine Mandaya short sword that also sings nicely...........
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Old 3rd February 2011, 12:03 AM   #3
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i have a moro kris that 'sings' when it is removed from it's wooden home.
my italian artillery sword also sings as it's unscabbarded.

there is a video on youtube by a somewhat eccentric englishman who insists swords do not sing. he is wrong.

Youtube re: Drawing a sword.
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Old 3rd February 2011, 05:28 AM   #4
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My fencing saber originally rang like a bell. First time I blocked with it, all action in the studio stopped, it was so loud. Just like a tuning fork.

Fun stuff!

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Old 3rd February 2011, 02:37 PM   #5
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You say your fencing saber Originally rang like a bell. Has it stopped singing now?

Re. Swedish and Danish steel, I have an old Swedish gun barrel, messed about with and useless, but it rings like a glass wind-chime!

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