M5: Weapons of War - "The Damascus Sword"

Friday, June 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel

To prove how modern reality stacks up against the myths of history, the meticulous recipe for making the Damascus sword is resurrected and later tested in the lab, the battle field and measured for performance. For centuries, the making of the famed Damascus sword was a closely guarded secret. Sharper, stronger, lighter and more flexible than any other steel of its time, the Damascus sword was the backbone of the Islamic Empire – the second largest of all the ancient empires. After the advent of gunpowder however, sword making lost its luster and the famous procedure for making the sword was gone for more than three centuries.

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