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Neil Burridge's Ewart Park style sword generation 2

Neil Burridge has made a new and improved mould for casting the Ewart Park swords which he sells.
One of the improvements is shortening the hilt, so that it matches the originals, and also gives a better grip.
Also the weight as cast is lowered. Should you be interested in buying one of these swords, then you can
find it for sale on his website (with further improvements):
http://www.templeresearch.eclipse.co.uk/bronze/swords_for_sale.htm
 

The blade

Original
 
Found:  Figsbury Ring, UK 
Age: late bronzeage (Ewart Park fase) 

This sword was found inside a hillfort. Hillforts are basically hills that are chosen for settlement, with defenses like palisades or
ditches and banks. 

The blade before finishing
 
Here you can see the sword as I recieved it.

Finishing the blade
 
The hilt part matches the sword from Waterloo Bridge the closest. So I ground the hilt to that shape as close as possible. 

After grinding and polishing
 
The remaining part of the blade has also been finished. This is all done using modern tools. 

Holes for attaching the hilt plates
To attach the wooden hilt parts, holes have been drilled for the rivets.

 
The cutting edge has been hammer hardened. For this, two bronze dies were used, between which the edge was thinned down. This also gave a hollow cutting edge as on the originals, which add to the sharpness of the sword.
 
 
This is the finished blade, before the wooden hilt parts are attached.

The rivets
 
To make the rivets, I've cast several bronze rods. These need to be finished and cut to the right lenght.

The hilt
 
The hilt parts are made from ash wood. The shape I'm keeping the same as on the previous sword. I've found several examples of bronze hilted Ewart Park swords, which all have the same hilt and pommel shapes. Therefore this was probably the standard hilt for Ewart Parks swords. The hilt consists of two hilt plates and a pommel, which will be attached to the back of the hilt. Here one of the hilt plates can be seen. All parts of the hilt have been finished and are ready to be attached.

 
Here are the finished hilt parts. The wood has been impregnated with lineoil.

The completed sword
 
The sword is fully finished. The hilt plates are riveted on using the bronze rivets. The pommel is glued on the back of the hilt plates using hideglue.