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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

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11 hours ago, Karim said:

Very interesting, did the museum allow you to take measures for the reproduction of this price object?

Jup, I had some time to study it up close, and take detailed measurements and photos (not for distribution though). I already had some detailed drawings, and was able to verify that they were accurate.

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