First Presented at the Miniver Cheevy Society for Early Medieval Studies, March, 1991
Updated and Revised in A.D. 2001


Those books as may seem most fitting to the subject:
Blacksmithing |  Historical Texts |  Oriental Techniques |  Swords & Weaponry

Metals in General

Raymond, Robert
Out of the Fiery Furnace
The Impact of Metals on the History of Mankind
1986; Pa. U. Press; U. Pa. & London
ISBN 0-271-00440-1

Fisher, Douglas Alan
From the Iron Age to the Space Age
1967; Harpers and Row, New York

Tylecote, R.F.
History of Metallurgy
1976; The Metals Society, London
ISBN 0-904357-06-6

Smith, Cyril Stanley
A History of Metallography
The Development of Ideas on the Structure of Metals
Before 1890
1960; U. of Chicago Press
Chicago, Illinois
Library of Congress Cat. No: 60-7243

Singer, Charles, et al, Editors
A History of Technology, Volume II
The Mediterranean Civilizations and the Middle Ages
1957, (w/corrections) 1967; Oxford University Press

Forbes, R. J.
Studies in Ancient Technology; Volume IX
1964; E. J. Brill, Leiden, Netherlands

The New Illustrated Science and Invention Encyclopedia
Vols. 8, 10, 12, 19, 24, 25, 25
1989; H. S. Stuttman, Inc.
ISBN 0 87475 450 X


Bealer, Alex W.
The Art of Blacksmithing
1969, 1984, Harper and Row, New York
ISBN 0-06-015225-7

Weygers, Alexander G.
The Modern Blacksmith
1974, Prentice Hall
ISBN 0-671-60926-2

Bacon, John Lord
(Revised by Johnson, Carl Gunnard)
A Practical Treatise on Hand Forging, of Wrought Iron, Machine Steel, and tool Steel;
Drop Forging; and Heat Treatment of Steel, Including Annealing, Hardening and Tempering

1932; American Technical Society, Chicago

Arwidson, Greta and Berg, Gosta
The Mastermyr Find;
A Viking Age Tool Chest from Gotland
1983; Almquest & Wiksell, International, Stockholm, Sweden
ISBN 91-7402-129-X (Now reprinted by Norm Larson Books)

Historical Texts

Theophilus (Ca. 1120)
On Diverse Arts
(De Diversus Artibus)
Translated and annotated by John G Hawthorne and Cyril Stanley Smith
1963, 1979; Dover Publications, New York
ISBN 0-486-23784-2

Biringuccio, Vannoccio (1480-1539?)
The Pirotechnia
1959; Tr. Cyril Stanley Smith and Martha Teach Gnudi
1990; Dover Edition, General Publishing Company
Toronto, Ontario
ISBN 0-486-26134-4

Oriental Techniques

Kapp, Leon & Hiroko
Yoshihara, Yoshindo
The Craft of the Japanese Sword
1987; Kodansha International/USA, Ltd.
Tokyo and New York
ISBN 0-87011-798-X (Since reprinted)

Frey, Edward
The Kris
Mystic Weapon of the Malay World

1986; Oxford U. Press
Oxford, New York, Singapore...
ISBN 0-19-582660-4

al-Hassan, Ahmed Y. and Hill, Daniel R.
Islamic Technology;
An Illustrated History

1986; UNESCO and University of Cambridge
UNESCO ISBN 92 3 102294 6
Cambridge ISBN 0 521 26333 6

Swords & Weaponry

Davidson, H. R. Ellis
The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England
Its Archeology and Literature
1962; Boydell Press; Woodbridge, Suffolk
Rochester, New York
ISBN 0-85115-355-0 (Since reprinted)

Oakshot, R. Ewart
The Sword in the Age of Chivalry
1964; Lutterworth Press, London

Michael D. Coe, et al
Swords and Hilt Weapons
1989; Weidenfeld & Nicholson, NY
ISBN 1 55584 2909 (Since reprinted by Barnes and Noble)

Peterson, Harold L.
Daggers and Fighting Knives of the Western World,
From the Stone Age ?till 1900
1968; Walker and Company, NY

Hrisoulas, Jim
The Complete Bladesmith
1987; Paladin Press; Boulder, Colorado
ISBN 0-87364-430-1

Hrisoulas, Jim
The Master Bladesmith
1991; Paladin Press; Boulder, Colorado
ISBN 0-87364-612-6

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