- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: May 7, 2002
Watch an axe-throwing contest, meet a modern swordsmith and see how the Swiss Army Knife is made.
They have been part of man's weaponry since the Paleolithic age, when the cutting edges were fashioned from flint and other stones. For the thousands of years before the invention of gunpowder, they were the mainstay of every army's arsenal. Today, they are still in constant use, whether for recreation, practical purposes or ceremony.
AXES, SWORDS AND KNIVES is a comprehensive look at the world of edged weapons. Trace their development through the ages by looking at ancient blades recovered at historic sites worldwide. Watch as a craftsman hones swords from scratch using traditional methods. Meet John Clements, whose research into historic combat has shed light on the reasons behind certain designs. Attend an axe-throwing contest in Eagle River, Wisconsin and tour the legendary Victorinox factory where Swiss Army Knives are made.
Whether felling trees or spreading butter, blades remain a vital tool today.