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Forum: European Armoury 13th July 2016, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Timo Nieminen
Bricklayer's hammer. Also called a stonemason's...

Bricklayer's hammer. Also called a stonemason's hammer. or geologist's pick.

I have one sitting around that I bought to mount as a warhammer. Need to grind the chisel to a point first.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2016, 11:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 748
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Yes. But surely this is unsurprising on an Indian...

Yes. But surely this is unsurprising on an Indian sword.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2016, 09:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 300
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Here is my one of these, and my lion spear. In...

Here is my one of these, and my lion spear.

In the assembled photo, the clothesline they're leaning on is about 170cm/5'8" high.

And because I was talking about them, the middle section of an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2016, 09:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 569
Posted By Timo Nieminen
My Indian axes (I have some unmounted heads, but...

My Indian axes (I have some unmounted heads, but I need to search to find them all for a group shot).

Long axes: The top one has a modern haft, but the head is supposed to be old. The bottom one is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2016, 09:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 748
Posted By Timo Nieminen
My sword (or large knife) of similar...

My sword (or large knife) of similar construction, though with a different style of pommel.

Seller claimed 19th century, iirc.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2016, 09:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 309
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I doubt bakelite, because it has to be formed,...

I doubt bakelite, because it has to be formed, under pressure, at 150C. But a synthetic makes sense as a rehilting material for somebody who wants a one piece grip closely fitting a through tang and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2016, 10:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 300
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Oxidation during forging. It's a fairly durable...

Oxidation during forging. It's a fairly durable coating. There's no reason to remove it since it provides rust protection. On old spears, it's often been removed through cleaning over the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2016, 10:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 300
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Looks authentic. These aren't very...

Looks authentic. These aren't very tourist-friendly - even disassembled they are luggage-challenging. Modern tourist ones are usually shorter in my experience (and often have fancy carved middle...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2016, 11:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 927
Posted By Timo Nieminen
It's very easy to achieve more flexibility: just...

It's very easy to achieve more flexibility: just make the blade thinner. Thin enough, and the blade is very flexible and very difficult to break:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMAsCuDFSUI
(as long...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2016, 08:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 927
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Lightening/strengthening the blade, and/or...

Lightening/strengthening the blade, and/or ornament.

Ornament is obvious. Sometimes fullers are cut into blade to remove flaws.

Lightening and strengthening deserve a few more words. A blade is...
Forum: European Armoury 20th June 2016, 08:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 954
Posted By Timo Nieminen
When did acid-etching such as on this dagger...

When did acid-etching such as on this dagger start being used to decorate weapons like this?

Common in the 19th century for sure. I have 19th century blades with similar corrosion, so I think 19th...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2016, 10:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 748
Posted By Timo Nieminen
It's Indian, possibly recent. Basically a...

It's Indian, possibly recent. Basically a sword-sized knife. Not sure what these should be called; I've seen them called "jambiya" based on the hilt style.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2016, 11:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 598
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The best reference I know of is Science and...

The best reference I know of is Science and Civilisation in China V5-11, Ferrous...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2016, 09:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 487
Posted By Timo Nieminen
For weapons, that's the traditional source of the...

For weapons, that's the traditional source of the steel.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2016, 08:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 598
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I guess that Roland refers to traditional Chinese...

I guess that Roland refers to traditional Chinese steel made by decarburising cast iron. Old process, became widely used during the Han dynasty, and was used into the 20th century.

Efficient, since...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2016, 09:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Not that identical; the Ni/Co ratio in that...

Not that identical; the Ni/Co ratio in that meteorite is 40% higher than that of the dagger. It was just the closest of the 20 finds from within 2000km.

It's quite possible that the original...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2016, 09:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I don't mean to say that it's a trivial step. But...

I don't mean to say that it's a trivial step. But IMO it's a much smaller inventive step than going from cold-forging to hot-forging. Cold-forging iron (with or without annealing) is just the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2016, 01:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Timo Nieminen
That would be no surprise. Given that it's...

That would be no surprise. Given that it's hot-forged*, it's not a big step to welding. Either folded and welded for homogeneity, or separate pieces welded together to get a larger piece of iron. Or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2016, 05:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Some types of cold-working are possible with soft...

Some types of cold-working are possible with soft tools (e.g., bending, dishing), but that requires starting with thin enough sheet. In general, you want tools (i.e., hammers and anvils) that are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2016, 10:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Two questions: Are you including iron...

Two questions:



Are you including iron repeatedly folded on itself (e.g., to remove slag, for homogeneity, etc.) in "laminated"? This would be normal if it's hot-forged. And since, apparently, it's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2016, 09:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Timo Nieminen
For it to work, the meteorite needs the right...

For it to work, the meteorite needs the right range of chemical composition, and not too many defects/inclusions (which means corrosion can be a problem). Plenty of meteorites that will shatter if...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2016, 08:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Put the iron on an anvil, and hit it with a...

Put the iron on an anvil, and hit it with a hammer. If it is distorted past the plastic limit, you've changed its shape, and you can forge it. You have to hit it harder than if hot-forging, but it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2016, 08:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Many are cold-forged (i.e., hammered on an anvil,...

Many are cold-forged (i.e., hammered on an anvil, at ambient temperature). The most studied ones are from Greenland, from the Cape York meteorite. For some Greenland blades, the only stock removal is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2016, 02:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Timo Nieminen
There are plenty of examples of non-laminated...

There are plenty of examples of non-laminated meteoric iron blades, notably cold-forged blades. However, those are usually small. I don't know of any the size of Tutankhamun's dagger (21cm long...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2016, 09:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Timo Nieminen
This I haven't heard before, that it's laminated....

This I haven't heard before, that it's laminated. I'm interested in more info - any references?
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