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Terry Pratchett Celebrates His Knighthood With Ultimate Badassery

By 09.21.10

Sir Terry Pratchett was knighted last year and decided he needed a sword.  But not just any sword, a meteorite sword.  He smelted ore from his own property and threw in meteorite bits, because why not?

With help from his friend Jake Keen — an expert on ancient metal-making techniques — the author dug up 81kg of ore and smelted it in the grounds of his house, using a makeshift kiln built from clay and hay and fuelled with damp sheep manure.

Pratchett, who has Alzheimer’s disease, also said he had thrown in “several pieces of meteorites — thunderbolt iron, you see — highly magical, you’ve got to chuck that stuff in whether you believe in it or not”.

After days of hammering the metal into bars, he took it to a blacksmith, whom he helped to shape it into a blade, which was finished with silverwork. [Newscore via ToplessRobot]

First off, way to shoehorn the statement about his Alzheimer’s into a paragraph where it doesn’t belong.  Secondly, Terry Pratchett is awesome. He also mentioned that he’s annoyed knights aren’t allowed to carry swords in public in England.  That’s a real shame.  How’s he supposed to handle meeting Piers Anthony by chance if he can’t even go Highlander without stopping at the storage shed first?


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