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Winged spear head with woolf's teeth. WIP


Kris Lipinski

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I'm currently working on winged spear head. All pattern welding is rather clear and obvious to me. The thing I've been hasitating was the method of connecting the wings. And after some deliberations I decided to go brazing.

I've noticed that in some artifacts the wings seem to "emerge" from inside the of the socket, not to be weld glued on the surface. Obviously some were welded, I don't doubt it. But because most reconstructions are welded I wanted to try the other way.

Hence the decision to braze.

 

I did a test how it works in coke forge and how strong it holds. And it works surprisingly well. The connection seems to be indestructible.

 

The shape my customer has chosen is inspired by the find from Lednica lake. There were plenty of weapons found on the bottom of the lake, as there were some fightings on the bridge to the island where the pallatium were located. It is supposed the artifacts were deposited during Czech invasion in 1038 a.d. when Polish Kingdom suffered from monarchy crisis.

 

Soon some more pictures. Today the brazing test.

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Some more pictures. Actually only the teeth are something  new to me, just because nobody had ordered such a kind of pattern before. At last someone did and a I have an opportunity to try it :D

As you can see there are two spearheads. One is for the customer and one is spare. For me it's organizationally better to forge two at the time. 

 

In the next couple of days the sockets should be ready.

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Nice!

I have to try that wolf-tooth pattern 

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Joshua, I don't doubt You could. 

I'm doing it for the first time, same as wings. And I reckon as soon as one is confident in forging and welding it's just a matter of working hours spent on it. Actually I found this type of spear headsas much  time consuming, and the difficulty level imo is similar to some weird shaped axes. 

 

I hope to share some more pictures from the process till Sunday. I've almost finished and it will take approximately 100 hr per pair = 50 hr per one spear head.

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The spear heads are finished (and delivered to customer), but I'm struggling to find spare time to prepare photos. Today just couple of them of the next stage. The sockets. I want the wrought iron on the surface, but it tends to delaminate along it's fibres. I dissolved this problem by welding some hard and soft steel plates beneath the wrought. And it worked fine.

 

I'm going to show and tell next stages as soon as I can, but currently I'm to busy to select and prepare all photos.

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Thanks Allan. I will attach more pictures, not promising when.

 

Btw, I made a mistake about the hard steel. It is obviously 80CrV2.

Polish: NCV1 hence mistake about the last digit.

 

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Finally I managed to select pictures, as there are plenty of them. I'm quite happy about the result, but not 100%. The tooth pattern on right sides of both blades is not same well defined as on the left edges.

That's something I need to practise.

The wrought iron has revealed some deep grooves comparing to the rest of material.

Anyway, the new owners love them with all imperfections, and even consider this kind of look makes the spear heads more authentic.

 

The wings connections is my interpretation. I haven't seen the original one so I had to choose one of several concepts.

 

 

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Those are smoking hot! Very impressed with the joinery on the wings.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

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3 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Those are smoking hot!

Thank You Joshua. Forging this kind of object was a kind of personal exam of skills, as it is considered amongst some Polish blacksmiths a winged pattern welded spear head is more difficult than a pattern welded sword. However  I'm aware  the tooth motif requires some practice.:rolleyes:

 

I've heard from the customer he'd already bought an ash wood stick to fit the spear head. When I get some pictures, I will share.

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