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Axe challange, some WIP pictures


Kris Lipinski

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Recently I've been working on replica of a "Moravian" axe from Bardy, Kołobrzeg Poland (by the Baltic Sea). It was the most "awkward" axe I've ever forged. It's not finished yet, but as I managed to forge it and there is only grindings and HT to bo done I decieded to put it in "Show and tell".

This shape could be forged in variety of ways, and I deceided to make it by forge welding, not forging of one piece of iron. I's been welded of seven elements including steel for the cutting edge (NCV1/80CrV2). All the rest is wrought iron.

 

 

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Impressive work.

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Really nice work, but in my opinion after analyzing hundreds of archeological finds (mostly from literature but I had a chance to touch a few originals), the lugs are forged out of the same piece of material as the eye. Of course, there are many ways to reach the same final results, and I even forged one Great Moravian axe using technic you presented but it is much more time-consuming than one piece method.

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On 7/21/2022 at 12:57 PM, Maciek Tomaszczyk said:

after analyzing hundreds of archeological finds (mostly from literature but I had a chance to touch a few originals), the lugs are forged out of the same piece of material as the eye.

Thank You for this info. I've watched your movie showing the forging proces (great job!) but due to the lugs lenght I deceided to weld it of several parts. Another reason was that wrought, fibrous iron tends to delaminate whilst peening the eye hole.

But I'm not saying "no" and I'll try to forge it out of one piece. Just the flat bar needs to be wider.

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On 7/25/2022 at 2:13 PM, Kris Lipinski said:

Thank You for this info. I've watched your movie showing the forging proces (great job!) but due to the lugs lenght I deceided to weld it of several parts. Another reason was that wrought, fibrous iron tends to delaminate whilst peening the eye hole.

But I'm not saying "no" and I'll try to forge it out of one piece. Just the flat bar needs to be wider.

You are right, long lugs are hard to forge out when you use wrought iron, but when you use a bloomery iron as Moravian did then it is quite a different story :-). Usually bloomery iron is better quality than wrought iron with no tendency to delamination and crack. 

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