Newswise — March 1, 2017—San Diego, CA (USA): A blade forged from a meteorite, a mythical Elven shortsword made real, and a reproduction of a Viking battle axe were among the 26 entries that competed in the 2017 TMS Bladesmithing Competition, held as part of the TMS 2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Diego, California, February 26–March 2.

It was a sword produced in the style of a Norwegian langseax, however, that took home the inaugural TMS Wadsworth-Sherby Bladesmithing Grand Prize when the winners of the competition were announced on February 28. The sword was forged by a student team representing the South Dakota School of Mines, with steel smelted in a historic manner with local materials gathered from the Black Hills.

Now in its second year, the TMS Bladesmithing Competition challenges university teams across the globe to produce a knife or sword blade formed by hand hammering or trip hammer forging. The teams are also required to prepare a technical report on the science behind the creation of their entry, as well as a technical poster and a video. The entries are rigorously judged on technical excellence, safety, and aesthetics by a panel of scientists and engineers in the minerals, metals, and materials professions.

The TMS Wadsworth-Sherby Bladesmithing Grand Prize was established by Jeffrey Wadsworth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Battelle. The Prize consists of a $2,000 cash award for the team, a medal, and a commemorative volume of Wadsworth-Sherby Collected Works on Damascus Steels & Related Topics. Wadsworth presented the Grand Prize during the Bladesmithing Award ceremony, noting that he had intended for the award to honor his mentor and friend, Oleg D. Sherby, who had developed a seminal body of research with Wadsworth on Damascus steel and other ancient weapons.

In addition to the TMS Wadsworth-Sherby Grand Prize, TMS conferred second, third, and honorable mention place awards. The full list of 2017 TMS Bladesmithing Competition winners are as follows:

TMS Wadsworth-Sherby Grand Prize ($2,000 prize)South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Second Place ($500 prize)Norwegian University of Science and Technology"Reproduction of the T19391 Sword from the Late Norwegian Iron Age"

Third Place ($250 prize)Colorado School of Mines"A Closer Shave: Forging a Damascus Steel Straight Razor"

Honorable Mention ($100 prize)California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo"A Rapier Eclectic"

Visit the TMS Bladesmithing Competition website for further information on the contest background and rules, as well as a list of the 2017 contestants. All student videos are also available for viewing.

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