No doubt you have heard the story - but who were the people known as the Nizar, what did it mean to be a 'Hashishin' and was it all Marco Polos fault? Interesting article by national geographic attempts to delve into this secretive, short lived group.

It seems witch hunts and excommunication are back in the digital age with a vengeance - only the names and the methods have changed.. See if you agree.

Its really just a video link to an 8 minute making of a Gladius by Miller Knives. I don't know about you, but I find watching blade making very relaxing for some reason.