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Here was another odd ball project Iv partially finished up. I inherited a celtic leaf shaped blade roughed out from a leaf spring with a plasma cutter from a friend who was moving a while back. I forged it out to adjust the proportions and rough ground and heat treated it with a pretty minimal setup. It took a few kinks in hardening which mostly came out after clamping in the second temper. It just barely fit diagonally in my kitchen oven. I ground the convex fuller in with an angle grinder mostly after heat treating. The handle was carved in yew sap wood for the scales and heart wood for the pommel. Blade was rust browned to look very vaguely like bronze. At some point I want to do a matching russet steel sheath in a La Tene style, but that may take a while to get to. Hope someone finds it of interest.
I watched an interesting program (rerun) on BBC 4 last night called Britain’s Pompeii: A Village Lost in Time”. It is about the excavation of a Bronze Age settlement in Cambridgeshire. It’s on YouTube too so I thought I’d share it here for those who haven’t seen it: The website (http://www.mustfarm.com/bronze-age-settlement/) has 2 tabs at the top; one for the settlement and one for the surrounding area. Some interesting finds.
This is a reproduction of an antenna hilted knife from the urnfield period. It's based on an original found in Csóka, Serbia. It's 20cm long, made from 12% tin bronze and with a workhardened edge. I previously cast these in a soapstone mould. The mould was lost, so I made a model from one of the casts, where I had to undo the curve and thicken up the edge, so that I could cast them again and hammer them to the correct shape after casting.
Soon I'll be casting a reproduction of the giant bronze age Ommerschans dirk, recently acquired by the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, Netherlands. In preparation I've cast the regular sized dirk that these giant ceremonial versions are most likely based. The regular size version is the so called Kimberley type dirk. At least two nearly identical blades of this type have been found. One has rivets, so originally would have been hilted. The one found at Kimberley never had rivets, and is therefore already a "ceremonial" version, just like the much larger ones. The Kimberley dirk is 34cm in length, and weighs just over 300gram. My reproduction is a little bit heavier, but the overal dimensions and maximum thickness match the original. The original dirk is in the collection of the British Museum, but sadly not on display: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=808735&partId=1