Ethnographic Arms & Armour

Go Back   Ethnographic Arms & Armour > Discussion Forums > European Armoury
User Name
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 31st January 2011, 05:37 AM   #1
celtan's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: PR, USA
Posts: 679
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...

: )
celtan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd February 2011, 05:06 PM   #2
EAAF Staff
Battara's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 5,811

I have a Philippine Mandaya short sword that also sings nicely...........
Battara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd February 2011, 11:03 PM   #3
kronckew's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: CSA Consulate, Rm. 101, Glos. UK: p.s. - Real Dogs Have Feathering.
Posts: 2,582

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.
kronckew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd February 2011, 04:28 AM   #4
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,247

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!

fearn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd February 2011, 01:37 PM   #5
Pukka Bundook
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 707


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!

Pukka Bundook is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 08:19 AM.

Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.0.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Posts are regarded as being copyrighted by their authors and the act of posting material is deemed to be a granting of an irrevocable nonexclusive license for display here.