Terry Pratchett's Meteorite Sword The Closest We Get To Excaliber

Terry Pratchett may write a mean fantasy novel, but he also forges one heckuva sword. In honour of being knighted last year, Sir Pratchett dug up 80kg of iron ore, sprinkled in some meteorites and made himself a proper weapon.

Pratchett gathered the iron ore deposits himself from a field near his town and worked with a friend who is an "expert on ancient metal-making techniques" to smelt it in a makeshift kiln in his own home. He then took it to a blacksmith, who made the blade.

Now that's how you be a knight. Ball's in your court, Patrick Stewart. [news.com.au via Geekosystem; image via Discworld News]

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