Then, he added his own tale: that when the king was dying, he thrust his sword into a stone. That way, if his lineage were ever questioned the sword would form a test, as it could only be pulled free by a true King of Camelot. Arthur pulls the sword from the stone. At Merlin's insistence, Arthur tried to remove the sword but failed.
Merlin then told him to have faith, to believe that he was destined to be Albion's greatest king and that nothing could stand in his way. Once he was sure that Arthur believed in himself, Merlin used his magic to free the sword and Arthur successfully drew it from the stone before all of Camelot's survivors. Excalibur was briefly seen during Mordred's knighting ceremony, when Arthur used it to appoint him a Knight of Camelot Arthur's Bane. Merlin disguised as Dragoon the Great took Excalibur with him when he confronted the Dochraid.
He went to her seeking information on how he might free Guinevere from the Teine Diaga. When the Dochraid refused to cooperate, he used the sword to threaten her and then to slash her arm, which prompted her to tell him what he needed to know. Later, when the Dochraid used her magic to throw a dagger at him as he was leaving, Merlin repelled it with his own magic and then stabbed the creature with the sword, badly injuring her With All My Heart.
Dragoon carries Arthur from the battlefield. When it was determined that Arthur's wound could only be healed by the Sidhe , Merlin took Excalibur with them on their journey to the Lake of Avalon. They were confronted along the way by Morgana , who attacked Merlin with her magic and taunted Arthur about his impending death.
Before she could do anything more, however, Merlin Excalibur in hand revealed that he had not been harmed by her attack and the two faced off. Confident that no mortal blade could kill her, Morgana made no move to defend herself and was consequently killed when Merlin ran her through. Though they weren't far from their destination at the time of Morgana's attack, the delay she caused was a costly one, and Arthur ultimately died before they could reach the Lake of Avalon. Heartbroken, Merlin cast Excalibur back into the lake and watched as Freya caught it in her hand and drew it back under the water The Diamond of the Day.
Because it was burnished in a dragon's breath, Excalibur has the power to kill anything, mortal or magical, living or dead. Even without its magical properties, Excalibur was known to be an exceptionally fine blade. It was the strongest sword ever forged by the blacksmith Tom , and both Uther and Arthur have remarked on its craftsmanship. After using it to kill Tristan de Bois, Uther commented that it was one of the finest swords he'd ever used Excalibur , and Arthur was similarly impressed when he wielded it for the first time The Sword in the Stone.
Initially, it was said to be the same sword that Arthur pulled from the stone to prove that he was the rightful heir of Uther Pendragon. Many later legends, however, give this role to his peace-sword Clarent , and his war-sword Excalibur was instead said to have been given to him later in his reign by the Lady of the Lake.
In the sword-in-the-stone motif, England is thrown into chaos after Uther dies with no heir to succeed him and various nobles begin fighting over the throne. Merlin is eventually called upon to find a solution, and he does so by placing Excalibur into an anvil atop a stone, saying that only the true King of Britain would have the power to pull it free. Some years later, while serving as his adoptive brother Kay's squire at a tournament, Arthur discovers that Kay's sword is missing and pulls Excalibur from the anvil to replace it.
Though Kay initially tries to take credit for the sword, no one believes him, and with Merlin's help Arthur is recognized as the rightful king. In other legends, Arthur receives Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake after his original sword is broken. It was crafted for him in Avalon and as such has magical powers. Its scabbard, for example, prevents any wounds received by the wearer from bleeding.
In some stories, this scabbard is stolen by Morgan Le Fay in revenge for the death of her beloved Accolon , which later enables Arthur's death at the Battle of Camlann. In the series, it is Merlin who does this. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Do you like this video?
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Why are the runes on Excalibur gibberish? Refine the profile to the exact lines that you want, taking off that 2mm that was left behind by step 2. Use the angle grinder again, this time with a 6mm grinding disc. As you get close to your lines, try and keep your strokes long to make the edge as smooth as you can. If there are minor high or low spots, smooth those out by hand with a file. Distal Taper Stock Removal. Begin to grind in the bevel. Make sure your center line is clearly marked first. Start with a steep angle at the edge of the blade, and then smooth it out to the center line.
Once again, try to keep it as smooth as you can. Going all the way down the length of the blade with each stroke takes some time, but it gives the best results. Don't try to get it perfectly sharp; it's good to leave at least a millimeter thickness at the edge of the blade to keep up the blade's strength before heat treating.
Since this is a very basic 'how to make a sword' guide for beginners, we'll assume that you don't have your own forge. Most manufacturers that supply steel will heat treat your blade for a nominal fee, so take your newly shaped blade back to a local steel supplier and request that it be heat treated.
Heat treating is very important to ensure that your sword is flexible enough for cutting and resists taking a set on a bad cut. If you want learn how to make a sword cross guard and pommel from scratch, making the crossguard is very similar to steps 1 through 3; design and mark out the shape that you want on your steel, cut out the shape and refine it.
For the pommel, if you can obtain a steel rod that makes your job a bit easier.
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Make sure it is a snug fit, don't make the holes too wide. Drill through the pommel as well.
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The holes should be snug enough to the tang that you need a mallet to get them on. The crossguard can be affixed to the tang at this point, though leave the pommel until after the wood for the grip is finished. Choose the wood for the grip - European Beech is often historically used, though any hardwood should work just fine. Cut two lengths needed to fit between the crossguard and the pommel the two halves will be hollowed out and then epoxied together around the tang.
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Round the wood with a belt sander. Measure the width of your tang at the base and at the tip and mark the inside of the wood, then make a shallow cut along the lines with a hacksaw. Chisel out in between the cuts. Use a dremel to smooth out the inside so that the wood will rest comfortably next to the tang.
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Place the two halves of the grip along the tang, liberally applying epoxy to both of them and clamp them in place for them to dry. After it's dry, the grip can be refined a bit with a belt sander to taper it or give it a slightly different shape. How to do a handle wrap the easy way. Learn the basic techniques to wrap the handle of a medieval sword in leather the exact same techniques used to make the handle assembly seen in this picture! Put the pommel in place on the tang above the wood, using you guessed it more liberally applied epoxy.
Trim down the end of the tang so it's about 3 mm past the pommel. To peen the end of the tang, cut down the middle of it using the dremel with a small cutoff wheel.