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A technique used to produce strong and attractive‐looking flexible iron blades for swords and other ornate weapons from the early post‐Roman period onwards. Strips of metal and wire in different colours were welded together and then hammered to produce the patterned effect. Some of the finest examples are those produced by Frankish and Anglo‐Saxon smiths. Good examples are also known amongst Viking arms.

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