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    The reason for this is probably because most of...

    The reason for this is probably because most of it is fake. I've watched auctions of Chinese bronze weapons for some time. 95% are bad fakes which you can instantly recognize from a distance. But the...
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    From the area of Germany we only have fragments...

    From the area of Germany we only have fragments of clothing (though most that I know are from Austria actually, from the saltmines f.e.), no complete kits. So we don't really know what they did wear....
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    The one who used gum arabic was me. The hilt...

    The one who used gum arabic was me. The hilt plates have come loose, so that didn't work. I still have to find an alternative that works. Mind that on the original of these full tang khopeshes, they...
  4. And here's an article with more information:...

    And here's an article with more information: http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/browse/658/1291/9339/3/7/0/swords%20must%20farm

    And photo's from when I and Neil Burridge visited the excavation:...
  5. This particular sword is iron age. The must farm...

    This particular sword is iron age. The must farm excavation exists of a bronze age river, which filled up after which it became a bog in the iron age. The sword above comes from the peat layer on top...
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    Wrought has been used in swords for at least 2000...

    Wrought has been used in swords for at least 2000 years, and probably longer, well after quench hardening was introduced (then as cheaper alterative to the latter). It's not as durable as hardened...
  7. There's a similar example in the British museum,...

    There's a similar example in the British museum, clearly related though with some differences. I've got photo's on my photosite in my signature below (can't directly link the photo from my mobile)
  8. New museum photo series (bronze & iron age, saxon, medieval)

    From my trip last week to the UK, I've uploaded a lot of new photos to my photo site:
    http://1501bc.com/page/index2.html
  9. Most complete iron age swords preserved excavated & a bronze age sword with pommel

    Two entirely complete iron age swords with wooden hilts perfectly preserved are found in the Cambridgeshire fens recently. Along with these, a bronze sword is also found with no organic remains, but...
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    Time isn't a factor here, just temperature. So in...

    Time isn't a factor here, just temperature. So in that respect, not much should happen as long as the temperature stays below the tempering temperature. It's not like aluminium alloys, where a...
  11. Early medieval/viking period axe from Dorestad (wrought iron small working axe)

    I didn't plan on forging today, but ended up in the forge. I looked for inspiration, and found a piece of a wrought iron wall anchor in my stock, which had a loop pretty much exactly that I could use...
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    Two bronze age knives

    This is a near exact copy of the bronze knife from Kvarsebo, Sweden:

    http://1501bc.com/metalworking/IMG_4586a.jpg

    http://1501bc.com/metalworking/IMG_4587a.jpg

    The is cast in casting sand...
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    Narrow sax

    This is a simple narrow sax, of the type without metal hilt parts which were in use roughly during the 6th, early 7th century. It's based on a relatively small example from the museum in Krefeld,...
  14. Broken back style sax, Honeylane type

    This sax was my practice to really get the shape and dimensions correct of these broken back styles saxes, both for the blade and hilt. Aside from just being a monosteel blade (though this may have...
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    What I do is melt and mix the resin with an...

    What I do is melt and mix the resin with an amount of charcoal dust as filler. The amount of fat needed is just enough so that when cooled and let set for a few hours, you can just press your nail...
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    Bronze age rapier

    Here's one of Neil Burridge's rapiers which I just finished:

    http://1501bc.com/metalworking/IMG_4607a.jpg

    http://1501bc.com/metalworking/IMG_4608a.jpg
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  17. It's hard to say from just a fragment, without...

    It's hard to say from just a fragment, without knowing were it's from. The hilts can be the same for different areas in the same time, but with very different blades. My first guess is Wilburton, but...
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    Unless you plan to grind it to dust and eat all...

    Unless you plan to grind it to dust and eat all of it, I wouldn't worry :) I'd only worry if the lead becomes more then a few %, in case you plan to melt that on a regular basis. At any rate, I would...
  19. Handling real saxes! (Great new insights)

    Today was my first time actually handling real saxes! I was allowed to go through the collection of saxes from the depot at the National Museum of Antiquities. I had asked for the narrow sax from...
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    Oh yes. Aside from the smelting experiments, I...

    Oh yes. Aside from the smelting experiments, I can also use it to melt and cast several hundred grams of bronze, silver etc. It's a nice portable and efficient system. I measured 30 grams of gass...
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    Small scale smelting furnace test

    Here's a demonstration set that I put together (with the aid of Neil Burridge), for doing small scale smelting demonstrations in non-ferrous metals. It's a setup that can be operated on a table...
  22. Barbarian Metalworking site update

    I added some recent and earlier reproductions to the Barbarian Metalworking site:
    http://1501bc.com/metalworking/
  23. Laminated shields: simple way to prepare the wooden strips

    Check out this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F71mCc7xAr0&feature=player_embedded

    The same thing can also be used to make shingles for roofs and as you see baskets. It's freshly cut wood...
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    The approach depends on your goal here. If you...

    The approach depends on your goal here. If you want to be a professional knifemaker, making performance blades of consistent high end quality, go for Kevin's approach. The downside of that approach...
  25. Hi William, Nice job on the blades,...

    Hi William,

    Nice job on the blades, particularly for someone with little (I presume?) experience.


    There's actually quite a lot of information on brokenback sax hilts. Most comes from...
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