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  1. Jeroen Zuiderwijk

    An interesting read about kids and dinosours

    Ha, very similar here, although my girlfriend provided the Tolkien books
  2. Jeroen Zuiderwijk

    An interesting read about kids and dinosours

    Yeah. And I was well into dinosaurs and other prehistoric life and wanting to become a palaeontologist before most people even knew what a dinosaur was. My daughter is in the right place, as I have two display cases with dinosaur bones and other fossils at home (excavated myself), and plenty of dinosaur books, as well as a big museum in town with an actual real Trex and other dinos that will open in the near future.
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    Seax grip wood analyzed samples

    I just found a link in the article to more data: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.11.011 Access to that costs $37 though, and so far I've not been able to find somewhere I can order that on paper. I might have to pay it though, as I want that data. Edit: I see that the article in the link is just 5 pages, just like the above linked pdf. So I doubt that has any other info.
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    Seax grip wood analyzed samples

    The article doesn't say. I have however seen documentation on knife hilts from the period which were frequently of stacked construction, including bone, metal, wood and/or horn bits (unlike seaxes).
  5. Jeroen Zuiderwijk

    Celtic iron.

    Beautiful work again!
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    Seax grip wood analyzed samples

    Finally a good source for types of wood used for seax grips, based on finds from (mostly northern) France: "The species composition of the hilts of spathae is, however, considerably more diverse: Oak (Quercus sp.), ash and maple (Acer sp.) dominated a total of ten species. Hilts of seaxes (43 from 18 sites) as well as knives (17 from 10 sites) show a similar spectrum. For both groups of short-blade weapon, there is no evidence of wooden sheaths. With ~90% the majority of knife hilts was made of bone and more rarely of horn. This material was also sporadically detected on the hilts of spathae and seaxes". Summary of the analyzed seax wood types used (number of grips between the brackets): Querques sp. (12) - oak Fraxinus excelcior (6) - ash Acer sp. (5) - maple Fagus silvatica (5) - European beech Corylus avellana (5) - hazel Alnus sp. (4) - alder Salix sp. (2) - white willow Prunus sp. (1) - cherry Populus sp. (1) - poplar Tilia sp. (1) - lime Source: http://buentgen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Tegel_etal.2016_JAS.pdf
  7. Jeroen Zuiderwijk

    Broken back seax... Tear it apart fellas!

    Pattern is pretty spot on for a period blade, but it would be too wide. Broken back style seaxes generally don't go over 4cm, or about 1.5". At 16", you're in the transitional langsax length range. The proportions on those are different, with less increase in width. But that's speaking from historical seaxes.
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    how big do seaxes get ?

    It's also available in pdf format, at the facebook page "The seax files": https://www.facebook.com/groups/767422583312753/files/ It's starting to become quite a good resource for seaxes, despite the constant tendency of the group to spin off towards seax fantasy land, but continously being put back on course. There a good number of pdfs available for download there, and photos in the photo section.
  9. Jeroen Zuiderwijk

    Faux sheer steel

    Looking great Zeb! It's making my hands itch to grab the hammer and start forging again. One of these days, when I can spare the time...
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    Faux sheer steel

    P.s. I've also found that even with wrought, you do get quite a bit of carbon migration from the edge into the wrought. On the smallest knives, pretty much all of the wrought hardened along with the edge.
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    Faux sheer steel

    Nice! I always forge the step from spine to tang first, then bevel, then the step from edge to tang. That makes it the easiest to get the tang in the center.
  12. Jeroen Zuiderwijk

    couple of axes

    Impressive work, even for gathering the guts to try to pull something off like that. I get fully well how humbling it is to look at old work. I had that all to well while trying to make bronze age reproductions, using technology of the time. Even after years, I was still only moderately good at the entry level stuff (axes). Walking into a museum, and then seeing what they did accomplish really made me reevaluate how far I'd got But you know, they had generations of teachers passing it on to them, and we have to basically reinvent much of it on our own. Taking that in mind, I'm quite impressed!
  13. Jeroen Zuiderwijk

    Faux sheer steel

    As long as you get the core exposed at the edge, that shouldn't be a problem. If you look at the blade above, the core and wrought layers started out as the same thickness. After filing, there's not that much of the wrought left. And I forge pretty close to final shape. Next time I would make the core significantly thinner compared to the wrought layers. P.s. what helps is to grind a V-edge, at a 90 degree angle or thereabout before forging further. That way as long as you keep that edge line straight, you know you will have steel at the edge.
  14. Jeroen Zuiderwijk

    Faux sheer steel

    Those late medieval knives from the book are quite delicate, so you can go a long way with a piece of metal like that. Here's one I made earlier from the book (wrought iron & spring steel):
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    Faux sheer steel

    Ah, too bad. Ik hoped there was another book
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