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Maciek Tomaszczyk

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  1. Axe from Ostrów Lednicki (catalog no. 474). The sizes of the copy are the same as the original, length 10.2 cm, blade height 8.1 cm. The weight of the replica is150 g (the original weight is 75 grams). The difference in weight results from the corrosion losses of the find and the inaccuracy of the shape of the replica. Axe forged of 3 types of material: Eye is low-carbon steel from the beginning of the 20th century, neck and beard, 19th-century wrought iron, a blade is old steel.
  2. The axe I forged last month. Copy of the F-type axe found in Birka grave 750. The weight of the corroded original is 1260 g. My replica has 1700 g, the size of both is the same: 180x222 mm. I used 19century wrought iron and old steel. The eye of the axe is folded and welded. Before i started to forge i print it in scale. To forge body of the axe i used 19cent. wrought iron round bar (part of the steam engine). Cutting age is 1045 steel etching in nitric acid showed a very heterogeneous structure of the wrought iron (crystals up to 3 mm).
  3. ...and the video tutorial, enjoy watching.
  4. Replica of the early medieval finds from Szurpiły (Poland), height 18.5 cm, weight 1.2 kg. I used the same technology as in the original find. To forged it I used 3 pieces of material (two types of the wrought iron and modern tool steel on the edge).
  5. Short update of this project. I needed more bloomery iron so I had to prepare an iron bloom I smelted some time ago. A few weeks ago there was an opportunity to use a historic water-powered hammer in Gdańsk in Poland. The forge exists in this place since 1597. It was really great experience to use 250 kg dies. The 12 kg iron bloom has been flattened really fast. After heating and forging more than 6 kg of iron left. Below I link the video of this process.
  6. Usually yes. In this year because of lock down festival will not take place.
  7. Great Moravian battle axe dated to early medieval (Viking Age). To forge it I used wrought iron and O2 steel, the eye is punch and drift, there are at least 4 different ways to get the same shape but in my opinion punching and drifting is the most accurate and historical proper. Tutorial is now available on my YT channel.
  8. Forge welding is easy, if not, start to use smaller hammer:-).
  9. Hi, i started new huge project. The aim of this project is to forge at least 5 replicas of earlymedieval spearheads from Lednickie lake. I am going to use only bloomery iron and charcoal as a fuel. This project is realized in collaboration with archaeometallurgist, the results will be published. link to the catalog below. http://studialednickie.pl/pobierzpdf,bron-drzewcowa-i-uzbrojenie-ochronne-z-ostrowa-lednickiego-giecza-i.pdf some examples of spearheads: The first one i forged is spear catalog number 15. It has been forged of 5 elements.
  10. I like the shape of the so-called Moscow berdish. In the Museum of Polish Army in Warsaw there are some (pictures below). You did, nicely look reconstruction, i like it except modern welding technology you used to create it.
  11. New tutorial is now available. This time i forged Viking age axe based on the archaeological finds from Gotland. I used wrought iron and O2 steel. Enjoy watching.
  12. this kind of axes was quite common in Poland during early medieval, plenty of them were found. My axe has 15 cm blade, i used wrought iron and O2 steel.
  13. thanks Alan, it was not my first attempt at forging this kind of axes. There are many ways to get the same result but this one is, in my opinion, the best and historically correct (the eye is punch and drift).
  14. The Maple wood was used in the original ones the most. The shaft will be simple round.
  15. Great Moravian battle-axe, I used good quality wrought iron and old steel (19-cent), I started to forge it with flat bar 2 cm x 6 cm. The axe eye is punch and drift. The original archaeological find i based on. If you are interested of this kind of axes, here you can find axe catalog from Czech Republic.
  16. This time small a bit more than 500 g axe. I used wrought iron. The eye is fold and weld. I based on the archaeological find from Ostrów Lednicki (Poland).
  17. I wonder if in 1000 years, an archaeologist who might find our replicas can say: look I found the ancient replica of the ancient spear :-).
  18. Thank you very much that you guys appreciate my works and my skills. This is quite a big surprise for me, I am so happy about it. Alan, if you can please change my avatar. Can you also change my nick name to my full name, Maciek Tomaszczyk if possible. Thanks again.
  19. There is a plan to test this spear in terms of different techniques of battle fights.
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