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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Japanese Sword Made From Space Rock

The last time someone used an artifact from space for the powers of good, Spiderman's black costume turned out to be an alien symbiote code-named Venom. And, with a name like Venom, you knew he wasn't going to be all friendly and lick your face, despite his long tongue.

Conversely, there have been a couple of cool things from space that have benefited fictional mankind, such as Kal-El (Superman) and Captain America's shield (the round one) that is made from Vibranium which is only found in the Black Panther's homeland of Wakanda after a meteor flew to the ground as a meteorite.

Blurry photo taken from
So... it's kind of a crap shoot...

On a lighter side, a Japanese swordsmith has crafted a katana from a smelted down meteorite.

Color me impressed.

Not only did he have to get his hands on an actual meteorite-- in this case a piece of the famous "in rock hunting parlance" Gibeon meteorite, an iron meteorite that fell to Earth near the town of Gibeon, Namibia back in prehistoric times, but was only discovered in 1838.

The original meteorite weighed an impressive 26,000 kilograms (57,320 lbs), and somehow swordsmith Yoshiwara Yoshindo (surname first— see top image - if this is YOUR photo, let me know and I'll provide credit - it's a good photo!, so no pithy comments from me.) not only got his hands on a chunk of it, but probably paid a pretty yen for it.
Another blurry photo from Phhht... camera phone? I hope. Otherwise it's time for an eye check-up.

Hmmm... I know pennies can be pretty, but am not sure about yen. I did date a Penny once. It just made sense.

Now, you can see from the photos, that the iron rock and the sword look like they are two different materials - but, duh... heat, polishing... plus, that meteorite - back when it was a meteor flying through space never doing no harm... it would probably have been a silver color like the sword is now, but thanks to the extreme heat of crashing through Earth's atmosphere back when dinosaurs walked the Earth, the rock's outer-most elements melted and fused to create regmaglypts. Regmaglypts are thumbprint-like impressions on the surface of larger meteorites that are formed by melting and fusing of material from the surface as a meteor passes through the Earth's atmosphere.

Now, despite my doom and gloom forecast regarding alien rocks earlier, you should know that making weapons of mass destruction from alien terrain isn't new - even in REAL life.

I'm sure it has occurred before... I just can't prove it. Perhaps one of you can offer conclusive evidence?

Andrew Joseph


  1. Can I just say ooooh shiny....

  2. Man, how bad ass would it be to have a space-sword?

    also, wanted to say, really digging your blog. I was brought in by your post about my pal Micaela, and hopped around to a few different articles. good stuff, my friend :3

    1. For me, it's still - how cool would it be to own a real katana?
      Cameron - thank you for the nice comment! It's much appreciated! Really!