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Small knife

Original
 
Found: Emmen, Drenthe
Age: 1200-800BC

The original of this knife is very worn down. The shape as new I derived looking at similar knives found in Denmark (though those might not have the original form as well).

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Mould
 
Material: clay & sand, baken

The mould is flat on one side, with the knife shape carved out of the opposite half. By this mismatch is prevented. 

Casting result
 
The first attempt was a succes. Pictured here is the knife as cast.

Finishing
 
The knife has been finished by carving breaking grooves in the flash and feed using flint, and then hamering them off. The blade was then hammered using stones as hammer and anvil. This hardened the blade and leveled some of the irregularities. The blade was ground on a slate of sandstone, and polished using flint.

Finished knife with hilt
 
As hilt I recycled the hilt from my former chisel. This was a perfect piece of antler, in which the knife fitted well. I only needed to secure it by hammering in a wooden wedge.

Knife with scabbard
 
Recently I managed to get some cow leather, tanned with oak bark. So I could now make a good scabbard for my knife. The scabbard is not based on an actual find, but at least it's made with bronze age materials. After punching the holes with an awl, the scabbard was stitched together using linnen thread. The scabbard was then soaked in hot water, to make the leather soft. By drying the scabbard with the knife inside, it becomes hard again in the shape of the knife.