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Google Engineer Shows How To Forge Swords and Knives 201

Posted by timothy
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An anonymous reader writes "Niels Provos, an engineer at Google working on malware and phishing protection, is showing on YouTube how to forge knives and Viking swords. The process is absolutely fascinating and follows the steps of Viking blacksmiths from a thousand years ago. It starts by taking small bars of metal that get heated and hammered together until they become a solid piece. He then shows how to form it with the hammer, heat treat and polish it. All the videos are narrated explaining the purpose of each step. Sure beats sitting in front of the computer."
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Google Engineer Shows How To Forge Swords and Knives

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 03, 2013 @02:26PM (#42464729)

    I can own a +12 undead slayer. Can I forge this IRL?

  • I mean, if you work at Google in the anti-malware devision you've probably got a good idea about the types of exploits coming down the line. Now, if someone like that is acquiring skills they'd only really need if life as we know it were blasted back to the iron age...

  • by Paleomacus (666999) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @04:34PM (#42466363)
    Crap. First time I post to slashdot in years and I do it A/C.
  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @04:41PM (#42466467) Journal
    It starts simple like this, and it could eventually consume all your time.

    I was simply drinking coffee in Starbucks. Then someone told me you can actually brew the coffee at home. Start with a simple stove top percolator, he said. Then it became a cheap 10 cup presto coffee maker. Then came the French Press, then the "grinding your own just before brewing", roasting your own bean just before grinding just before brewing, espresso machines, pump based espresso not the wimpy steam pressure espresso, .....

    Now I am driving 150 miles each way to slopes of the Smoky Mountains each weekend to tend a patch of coffee shrubs which I am going to harvest, dry, grind and brew. They are saying the next step is to feed the coffee fruits to some weasels and collect the beans from its other end, then to dry, grind and brew. No one told me this is where I am going to end up. So watch out.

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