May 7th, 2002

History and design of a Celtic Sword, outline

(note, did this a couple of days ago, just want it in my Livejournal so I can reference it as I go. My plan here is to add a section a day until I start hitting the practical stuff. Things will slow down at that point, but should get very technically interesting.)

Outline for Celtic Sword research and reproduction

I) Intro
a) scope
b) methodology
c) resources

II) Basic history
a) Celtic
b) weaponsmithing
1) bronze
2) early iron
3) la tene
4) late period
c) ironmaking

III) archaeological record
a) bog finds
b) la tene
c) other
d) metallurgical analysis

IV) Construction of the original swords
a) obtaining iron
b) sorting or steeling the iron
c) forging tools
d) techniques
e) forming the core
f) piled construction
a) actual
b) optimal
g) final forging
h) shaping, polishing, sharpening
i) hilting & fittings
j) sheathes

V) reproduction notes

VI) testing & use