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Last week Richard Van Dijk visited Czech Republic, we had chance to see some beautiful blades at museums.

I took a picture of some.

First part are some excavations from Čáslav, wooden sword was founded under 13th century house doorstep.











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I love the eating sets, gives me all kinds of ideas. Thanks for posting.



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Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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thank you for posting these! I really like the eating knifes such great filework!

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Oh man, Hloh thank you so much for sharing.

Let not the swords of good and free men be reforged into plowshares, but may they rest in a place of honor; ready, well oiled and God willing unused. For if the price of peace becomes licking the boots of tyrants, then "To Arms!" I say, and may the fortunes of war smile upon patriots

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Hi Hloh, nice pictures. :)
One century ago we would have been in a same country! (Austro-hungary...) That's probably why when I saw your second post in this topic I was 100% sure that they were taken in Graz, Austria. They have a huge arms and armour museum there, same style. Not just general style, I thought I recognized some individual pieces!



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Wow! What cool museum documentation!


I'm all jazzed to build an eating set now.


Well, now that I think about it, I probably shouldn't. If I did I'm sure to embarrass my wife and daughter by bringing it to a nice dinner just to show it off.






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Ohhh, that is incredibly similar to a sword in the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, Netherlands. Briefly I thought it was the one. I know these swords have often a lot of similarity in design and decoration. But it doesn't happen often that they are that identical. Same maker perhaps?




Edit: after posting I do notice the difference in number of "rings" in the grip, 3 vs 4. That's quite odd, as that means both swords seem to have been held differently, one with 4 fingers on the grip, and the first with three on the grip, one on the shoulders or with one on the

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About number of rings on the grip: I do not think this is an indication of number of fingers grasping the grip. It may be, but you find more or less rings than is needed to separate the fingers not only on bronze age swords, but also in later periods. The rings do add "gription" and friction to increase tactile feedback, but not always by "locking" the fingers of the hand down in grooves.

The two swords are really very similar to each other in both form and decoration and style of making. One of those cases where you wonder if they come from the sam workshop.

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