WKC Sword Crafting
WKC is over 125 years old (est. 1883) and is the oldest sword manufacturer in the world today. WKC craftsmen go through over 100 steps as they make each sword. The vast majority of this process is still done by hand or with traditional tools from the 19th century.
Today, WKC chooses to use more modern techniques only if the process improves the detail of the piece without sacrificing the quality of the handwork ... and they choose to do so guardedly. For example, today WKC uses CAD/CAM and computer-driven routers to create their casting mold, but still polish and detail each cast component by hand. They also incorporate more modern materials such as stainless steel and electroplated gold to resist corrosion and enhance the beauty of each piece.
We have included on this page two videos.
- Because of their size, if you are a dial-up user, please be very patient while streaming the videos.
- Over cable, DSL, or t1 connections, the video will typically take several minutes to download, but will almost often stream concurrently with your viewing.
- "Sword Making" a 45MB video (length: 8:45) introduces you to WKC and shows many of the processes each sword undergoes.
- "Historical Pieces" a 13MB video (length: 2:31) gives a bit of an "on-line museum" showing many of the more unique pieces that WKC has done over the decades.
Click either video below to begin downloading.