The River Witham sword from the British Museum

Why make a historic weapon?

In a day when war is carried out through a digital uplink, ancient warfare stands in stark contrast.  Today we can reach out and attack someone from the comfort of a climate controlled room; but in ancient times, the decision to go to war had to be considered very carefully.

From a broad perspective, a bad decision to enter into conflict could wipe out an entire village or even an entire people.  From a individual perspective, war could mean the loss of an individual who provided for a family unit.  Bottom line: in ancient times, war was not a flippant affair.

Ancient weapons were personal!  There was no long distance killing.  You looked your opponent in the eyes.  You raised your hand and struck another human being that stood before you.  This personal setting affected warriors.  It was not done lightly.  I am of the opinion that there would be less war if soldiers were forced to face each other in individual combat.  It was brutal.  It was final.  It was horrific.  A person could not walk away from that battle without being changed.

To me, ancient weapons are a symbol.  They are a symbols of what man is capable of in the best and the worst of circumstances.  A sword, for example, could be used to implement all sorts of evil, or it could be used to defend a city against the tyranny of evil.  Either way, it was a personal, individual conflict.  A conflict that needed to be considered.  A conflict that would change those involved.  I am drawn to this idea.  That is why I make ancient weapons.

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