Meet King Tut’s dagger, which was found in his tomb and is believed to have been made from iron from a meteor. At the time of King Tut, iron smelting was rare and the iron would have been worth more than gold.

Tutankhamun’s meteoric iron dagger

Tutankhamun’s iron dagger blade and ornamental gold sheath

Tutankhamun’s iron dagger is an iron dagger originally discovered in 1925 in Tutankhamun’s 14th century BC King’s Valley tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter. The dagger is of meteorite origin. It closely correlates with meteoric composition, including homogeneity. The dagger is currently displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Analysis

Since the 1960s, the high nickel content in the blade has been accepted as indicative of meteoric origin. A more recent study published in June 2016 derived from x-ray fluorescence spectrometer analysis show that the blade’s composition is mostly iron (Fe) and 11% nickel (Ni) and 0.6% cobalt (Co). This means its composition is placed wi… Continue Reading (5 minute read)

11 thoughts on “Meet King Tut’s dagger, which was found in his tomb and is believed to have been made from iron from a meteor. At the time of King Tut, iron smelting was rare and the iron would have been worth more than gold.”

  1. DirteDeeds

    At the time silver was also more valuable than gold because it was far more rare in Egypt.

  2. Gone_For_Lunch

    So King Tut was the Sword of the Morning?

  3. Heretek007

    So what you’re saying is we have a confirmed case of extraordinary weapons found in ancient tombs?

    Get your ten foot pole, lads. It’s time to dungeon crawl!

  4. AudibleNod

    I could see a meteorite landing nearby and a priest says it’s proof of Tut’s divinity or something. and they fashion a dagger to illustrate his power.

  5. ZenMonkey47

    IIRC meteorite iron, while cool, is inferior to the terrestrial stuff.

  6. dotknott

    Yeah, but Sokka forged his own.

  7. brntuk

    Didn’t he also have one made from glass before glass was invented/discovered? It was caused by lightening striking sand in the desert making fulgurites.

  8. idreamofpikas

    Tutankhamun was also buried with two trumpets which were played on the BBC in 1942 and estimated to have been heard by 150 million listeners world wide.

  9. sangunpark1

    wasnt tut an incredible unremarkable pharoah? i thought we just happen to have his tomb not too disturbed while the other tombs had been raided

  10. QueenoftheSundance

    No one out-daggers the Tut

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