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1.- Blade.

1.1 Components.

Steel- Is the raw material employed in the elaboration process of a handmade sword based on an iron and carbon alloy or other combined elements, to achieve special metal properties. Our swords are elaborated following the old traditional methods of sword making techniques using carbon steel.

From June 3rd it is possible to visit in Toledo the outstanding handcraft exhibition by the Master Swordsmith Antonio Arellano at the tower of Saint Martin´s bridge ("puente de San Martín" location) in Toledo, thanks to the cooperation agreement between the company Artesania Tradicional Toledana S.L. and Toledo City Council that has kindly offered this impressive setting to promote handcraft. The exhibition will be opened to the public until next June 27th from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 18:00 to 20:00 you can enjoy of a set of handmade steel swords made by the Master Swordsmith Antonio Arellano Pulgar.

Gold from Toledo, that´s how we could know the nobel art of inlay precious metals as gold and silver in steel. Damascene is a handcraft technique originally from Damascus, Syria, though it spread through different cultures over time, so different as the Egyptian, the Greek or the Roman, as well as the Chinese and Japanese cultures. In this last country, damascene or “ataujia” was used to decorate katanas, tachis and wakizashis (different kind of swords in Medieval Japan). A true ancient tradition, there are remains of damascene pieces from over 1500 years ago indeed.

During the last weeks we could enjoy the iron sculpture exhibition of the forger craftsman Juan Antonio Sánchez García-Page, son of the craftsman master Antonio Sánchez Gómez as a good example of the renovation in craftsmanship, with the purpose to extend it through new spaces worldwide. Juan Antonio was finalist of the National Award of Craftsmanship in 2009; he has carried out singular projects with his father like the next ones: the Gothic lamps of the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid; the forge´s restoration of Toledo Cathedral since 2007; the lamps of the Cathedral in Panama in 2015. He´s been doing exhibitions of sculpture in forge in several cities like Madrid, Miami, San Sebastián or Cádiz.

 

Much has been written on the Order of the Poor Knights of Christ, Knights of the Temple of Salomon, usually known as Order of Temple since on March 22, 1312, the Pope Clemente V signed the Papal Bull Vox in Excelso that dissolved it, almost two centuries after its foundation in 1119 by nine French knights in Jerusalem and which first Master was Hughes Payns.

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