The miniature weapons reminds me of when I would, as a kid, take nails and pound them out on an anvil into miniature swords for my D&D figurines.
Actually, that brings me to another historical question I have. When we see swords for sale in catalogs and at SCA events, the weapons are always shiny and highly polished. While it's possible that royalty got weapons like that, I seriously doubt the average weapon was like that. In fact, I would hazard a guess and say that most forged weapons would be covered in pits from being pounded out, and likely only the sharpened edge(s) was shiny.