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Sir Terry Pratchett forges a sword with a meteorite
English fantasy writer Sir Terry Pratchett smelt his own iron ore to create his knightly sword. To make things even more awesome, he threw in some pieces of meteorite.
Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 07:24 AM
Editor's note: Beloved writer Terry Pratchett has died at age 66. The sad news reminded us of this happier moment when the Discworld author was celebrating a special honor in his own creative way.
writer Terry Pratchett is totally awesome. After the best-selling novelist (65 million books sold worldwide) was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, he made his own sword to go along with his other knightly accoutrements.
Not satisfied with just having a blacksmith make a custom piece, Pratchett went out into a field and dug up raw iron ore which he smelt into steel using a homemade kiln powered by sheep poop in his backyard, according to News.com.au. For an extra shot of magic, he threw in a few pieces of meterorite.
Pratchett left the final metal work to a blacksmith, who forged it into a blade fit for a knight. Sadly he has to keep his sword in a secret location because strict British knife laws make no distinction for knights' swords, and he fears it might be confiscated.
In 2007, Pratchett announced that he has early-onset Alzheimer's disease
and is currently filming a documentary about his life for the BBC.
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