Checking the Heat Treat by Sound?

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Checking the Heat Treat by Sound?

Postby Weedus » 18 Jan 2017 05:02

Im currently reading a realy good german Manual from 1801 for Smallsword and it starts with total beginner stuff...buy your Sword..so he gives Instructions on how a proper Smallsword should look and how long it shall be and such things.And he said you shall knock against the Sword with a Spoon or some other little Metal tool and then listen to the Sound...when it would not be proper heat treated in part of the Blade you would be able to hear that...he says it must sound equal

Anyone heard of that before ?
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Re: Checking the Heat Treat by Sound?

Postby MEversbergII » 19 Jan 2017 04:49

Yes; if it is made well, it should ring more like a tuning fork.

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Re: Checking the Heat Treat by Sound?

Postby Sean M » 22 Jan 2017 14:10

Its nice to get practical advice like that in a primary source! That sort of information is available for my period, but you have to read other genres of sources, not just fencing manuals, and digest them.
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