Best-selling author Terry Pratchett will be knighted later this year.
But as you know, any good knight needs a sword in order to have the honor conferred upon him.
And leave it to Pratchett to come up with a unique way to receive his knighthood.
According to news.au, the author created his own sword. And it’s not just any sword. It’s fashioned from deposits of iron ore he found in a field near his home in Wiltshire, west of London, which he smelted in a makeshift kiln fueled by sheep manure.
In addition, Pratchett added “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 hammering the metal into bars, the author took it to a local blacksmith who helped him shape it into a sword.
Now Pratchett is keeping the sword’s location hidden until his knighting ceremony. He says he doesn’t want to run afoul of the local authorities.
“It annoys me that knights aren’t allowed to carry their swords. That would be knife crime,” he said.