Oh yeah, i forgot about the marlinspike. Considering how important rope was back then, in a world without glue and elastic bands, I imagine that was a primary purpose. It was most likely also used as a fork, though, since it’s also very often paired with a knife and a spoon.

1) Yeah, unless you’re doing the whole Special Interest thing or some kind of scholarship, there’s a wide wide world of tools that you don’t need to learn about or, if taught, remember.

2) interesting blog, your favorite sword a good

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