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Socket ax with a bird, Ordos plateau, 4th century BC.
Length of the ax 13 cm, the width of the blade 5 cm, weight 290 grams.
Total length 54 cm.
Oak wood greased with wild boar.
Longest dark-handled knife Ingolstadt,Germany around 1100-900 B.C
Bronze + beech wood stained with vegetable decoction and greased with boar tallow, length 27 cm, blades 15 cm, total weight 120 grams.
Long bright handle knife, Reallon, France 1000-900B.C
Bronze + beech wood greased with boar tallow.
Length 25 cm, blades 11.5 cm, total weight 120 grams.
Third knife entirely cast in bronze, Șimleu Silvaniei,( Castle of the Batory family)Romania 1200-1000 B.C
Overall length 20 cm, blades 12 cm, weight 120 grams.

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Thanks Alan.

... all and family knives

Bronze ceremonial ax from Krottenthal, Germany, 1300 - 1100 B.C.
The two magnificent weapons belong to the earliest discoveries kept at the Archäologische Staatssammlung (Archaeological State Collection). In c.1784, a farmer in Krottenthal in Lower Bavaria dug up and sold some weapons. Quite obviously, the weapons belonged to a depot find, but most of the pieces probably went to the furnace. At least it was possible to save two pieces.
The axe was brought to the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Bavarian Academy of Sciences) in 1808 as a weapon of "outstanding beauty". The affiliation of the lance with the trove is not quite so clear. In the Nationalmuseum's (National Museum) old collection, it was the only object of the same quality from an unknown location. Because of the very similar patina, it was assigned to the Krottenthal Find. The axe is unique. The dating to the thirteenth to the eleventh centuries BC is based on the age of the lance tip "found nearby". The Krottenthal Axe would have been useless as a tool. It was either a ritual weapon or denoted rulership.
The description and the first photo of the artifact come from the website:
Overall length 27 cm, blade width 12.5 cm, weight 770 grams.
Flanged ax 39 cm long !!! and weighing more than one and a half kilograms comes from Mareuil-sur-Ourcq, France.
The second one, set in a wooden handle, is also from France in Lignieres .... and is the only one of its type !!
Combine socketed ax with flanged ax!

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Thanks gentlemen!
Jeroen, this ax is very interesting because of the combination of the two techniques of mounting axes in the Bronze Age.
Earliest flat ax and much later stocketed ax.
In Western Europe from that period, I know only this copy.
A little more connections of this type, two technologies, are located in Eastern Europe and in the Carpathian zone(Otomanii-Fuzesabony), from which this idea is supposed to come.
Undoubtedly, this copy as well as those from the Carpathians are, to a greater or lesser extent, symbols of power or cult objects.

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