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Jeroen Zuiderwijk

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Today I forged this machete-like sax, based on examples from Lithuania.

 

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I felt the need to beat up some iron, and just having seen the movie Machete I thought this was appropriate:) It will take a while before I'll finish this one, which I may do somewhere during the winter after reducing my back log on bronze swords.

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Today I forged this machete-like sax, based on examples from Lithouwen.

 

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I felt the need to beat up some iron, and just having seen the movie Machete I thought this was appropriate:) It will take a while before I'll finish this one, which I may do somewhere during the winter after reducing my back log on bronze swords.

I know the feeling that movie was bad ass times a million

 

looks awesome by the way

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And here are the originals for comparisson:

 

single_edged_weapons_Vilnius_Lithouwen_largest_L45cm_B8-9cm_T5-6mm_concave_distal_taper_most_severe_in_first_quarter_of_blade.jpg

 

As I have no information on the shape/size of the hilts on these, I'll be going for a machete like hilt, which makes sense regarding the blade shape.

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Wow, those really do look just like my US Army issue machete! :blink:

 

Interesting...I've not seen those before. Nice job on forging it to shape, too.

 

Don't forget to post pics of your bronze swords! B)

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I have admired these particular blades since I first saw them posted here...nice to see a good repro! Very much like a machete, indeed.

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Wow, those really do look just like my US Army issue machete! :blink:

 

Interesting...I've not seen those before. Nice job on forging it to shape, too.

Thanks! I notice that in the originals the difference in width is a bit more drastic for what I can see. I still need to do a final straigthening, so I'll see if I can stretch the edge down at the widest part a little further.

 

I just rough shaped the hilt as well:

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First hilt I managed to burn out in a single burn without reheating!:)

 

Don't forget to post pics of your bronze swords! B)

Naturally:) I've got one done last week, but need a good photo moment for it.

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i'd take a look at modern finnish leukus for handle ideas. they look like the direct descendant of this blade.

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So I was planning to finish this one much later, but I just couldn't leave it down. I really like this blade! It feels really light and nimble in the hand, yet with a very powerful bite. I've put the blade in the forge again, and widened the front a bit more, then did the final straigthening. The blade is now drawfiled and ready to be hardened. The handle is finished and oiled, so it will be ready once I get the chance to harden the blade.

 

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Awesome! I would not mind taking that into the bush

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Just for completeness sake, here's a picture of what it's like finished. I've finished it many years ago but never uploaded photos to this thread. Just to be clear, while the blade is based on an original, the handle isn't and most likely was just a straight, longer hilt much like on other seaxes. However, more complete examples need to be found to be certain about that.

 

 

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And just for fun, here's one of the most extreme original examples. Max blade width 87mm! Blade length 415mm.

Ringuvėnai Siauliai district accidentally destroyed. SHAM A-L 3 310 length 488mm length blade 415mm width 87mm width tang 15-27mm 6-11th century.jpg

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I had forgotten this!  Looks like a great chopper.

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Awesome!

Have any examples been found with patternwelding or other form of decorations? 

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52 minutes ago, Zeb Camper said:

Awesome!

Have any examples been found with patternwelding or other form of decorations? 

Not that I know of. The blades are pretty corroded, and I see no sign of patternwelding.

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