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Kris Lipinski

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  1. Just read the whole thread. It is really impressive! Plenty of work requiring concentration during each stage! Thank You for taking pictures and spending time to describe it.
  2. Thank You for this info. I've watched your movie showing the forging proces (great job!) but due to the lugs lenght I deceided to weld it of several parts. Another reason was that wrought, fibrous iron tends to delaminate whilst peening the eye hole. But I'm not saying "no" and I'll try to forge it out of one piece. Just the flat bar needs to be wider.
  3. Unintentionally. Actually it came out by itself. Thank You for good words guys!
  4. The fruit of the last days in the forge. A pattern welded spearhead. Total length 430mm. Welded of seven parts. Blade made of five straps: two external of fibrous steel with the carbon content of about 0.5%, a core made of two counter-rotatingly twisted rods - 21 layers each and a straight pattern welded bar of 17 layers in the middle. The sleeve is welded together of two pieces of wrought (fibrous) iron flat to each other: the reverse surface is transversely, the outer (visible) running.
  5. Recently I've been working on replica of a "Moravian" axe from Bardy, Kołobrzeg Poland (by the Baltic Sea). It was the most "awkward" axe I've ever forged. It's not finished yet, but as I managed to forge it and there is only grindings and HT to bo done I decieded to put it in "Show and tell". This shape could be forged in variety of ways, and I deceided to make it by forge welding, not forging of one piece of iron. I's been welded of seven elements including steel for the cutting edge (NCV1/80CrV2). All the rest is wrought iron.
  6. Set of knives for a couple. Blades forged of motrocycle chain with a strap form old saw for the cutting edge. Grips made of birch burl with bolsters of bog oak and Hungarian Plum. http://lipinskimetalart.blogspot.com/2022/04/zestaw-nozy-dla-pary.html
  7. Light and well balanced - that's the feedback received from the owner.
  8. It is from my blog. http://lipinskimetalart.blogspot.com/2022/03/szabla-awarska-avar-saber.html Avar saber Avar saber - that's what I called this model of sword, although in fact this type of weapon was used by many nomadic peoples roughly in the areas of what is modern Ukraine in the east to Slovakia and Hungary in the west. It is sometimes called an early Hungarian saber. An interesting example of this type of saber is the richly decorated saber of Charlemagne – Charles the Great (although it is more likely that it was created about 100 years later than the coronation of Charles as Roman emperor in 800 AD, i.e. around 900 AD). Charlemagne himself fought wars with the Avars (before that, the Avars fought wars against the Franks, so there was already some "history" between the two), and their Khaganate fell basically a few years after his death. One hypothesis is that the saber was a spoil from the war that the emperor won in the battles with the Avars. Other nomads known as Magyars - Hungarians - settled in place of the defeated Avars. Until now, in the aforementioned areas, many such sabers have been found, differing of course in various details, but similar to each other overall. Archaeological finds have the disadvantage of being difficult to associate to a specific group: which people used the objects, what language they spoke, what ethnos they represented. In addition, tangible items sometimes changed hands, either through trade or through war gains (like the tanks currently being captured in Ukraine). Therefore, I conventionally called this saber the Avar saber. The copy I have made is not a copy of a specific find, but it does represent the style. Individual elements are modeled on various finds. The blade is from one example, the cross from another, the pommel from another, and the scabbard from another. Despite this, the whole thing looks quite consistent overall in form. The owner, a lover of blade weapons of ancient cultures, gave it the name Zofia, which means wisdom. The saber, as befits a sword of nomadic peoples, also traveled quite a long way, even crossing over the ocean. It now adorns its owner's sword wall in Tennessee, a prized piece of his collection. The scabbard was made by Piotr Hoffer (wooden elements, gluing with bone glue, deer leather sewing). Saber of Charlemagne: http://myarmoury.com/review_casi_charlemagne.html
  9. I'm glad it helps I used some bronze + brass tiny offcuts with borax and it worked surprisingly strong.
  10. It's been long since I put here anything. Recently I finished a sword. It is a composition inspired by variety of finds, not a copy of any special one.
  11. Yes. Sorry about delay with answering. I was very busy till Christmas. For the future: it's better to send a private message, as I get an email that lets me know I have a message. The knife still stays in a drawer, I almost forgot about it. If you are still interested I can sent current pictures as by the time the leather, brass and handle became a bit darker. I'll clean it up and can ship it.
  12. Well. I used ready upholstery nails, and the wooden plates are riveted with thin pins (2mm) and then covered by decorative nails. Plus I used inside epoxy resin - not historicall, but it is inside the grip, so invisible. And wood is merbau.
  13. Black Curse - this is how the Turkish name Karabela was interpreted. It sounds both menacing and picturesque, and it really is. This weapon, when equipped with a handle of the Polish type - eagle's head widening towards the beak - as a master Wojciech Zabłocki maintained, in the hands of a skilled fencer, was evoking respect and was able to inflict irreparable losses on the opponent's body. I just finished such a karabela. The construction of the hilt of this type of saber is interesting - a strap of brass sheet encirceling the wooden plates is soldered to the sheet adjacent to the tang, which has a cross-section of more or less a triangle or a narrow trapezoid,which means that you need to put some effort so that the strap is ultimately in line the blade. I think it's easier to understand by looking at the pictures :) Bronze cast crossguard was made by Maciej Lesczyński - precisely according to the project. I have put it in my blog as well. https://lipinskimetalart.blogspot.com/2021/08/karabela.html
  14. Hi. Recently I've finished a really exciting work. I've put it also on my blog: https://lipinskimetalart.blogspot.com/2021/04/brunewyrm-stream-serpent-wijacy-sie.html Brunewyrm – the owner named it like that and this means in old English “Serpent Stream”. The seax successfully landed in the owner's hands in Tennessee :) I forged the blade out of several elements: a serpent of 21 layers of soft and hard steel (S235 x 80CrV2) twisted in a classic “rope”. It winds between old fibrous wrought iron, and on the spine there is also a layered strip, but without twisting. To the body I welded the cutting edge of 140 layers damascus: medium-hard and very hard steel (spring x bearing). The handle is also composite: bolster made of black bog oak, white spacer made of carved deer antler (by Piachu), reddish Hungarian plum wood, butt made of etched fibrous iron. Silver wire rivet in the center. Sheath made of vegetable-tanned cow leather, dyed and forged in brass. Dimensions on one of the photos.
  15. I'd like to offer a small knife. Blade and handle almost same lenght: 100mm / 4" Leathetr sheath with brass fittings. Handle: black bog oak + reddish Hungarian Plum wood. Blade forged of wrought iron (spine) and tool steel 80CrV2 (edge). I'm asking 160$ + shipping 25$ = 185$ (Can be WU or international transfer from bank account) Contact via pm here or email: krylip (at) gmail.com
  16. I admire Your Work Really top notch reconstructions
  17. Pop Iuliu-Cristinel Thank You for sharing Your finds I would be really glad to see what other objects You've got described in dimentions. Btw, I often think to visit Romania, never been so far, but my Wife has, also my brother and a friend. I know it is worth to see.
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