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Knife 10

Original
 
Found: Hallstatt, Austria
Age: late bronze age

This is the same type of antenna hilted knife as knife 9, but a larger version (31cm). This one I wanted to cast in a clay mould, which is a lot more difficult then in a stone mould.

Mould
 
The mould is made from clay and sand. First I prepared two plates of clay and let them dry to leather hard over a few days. From one half, I carved the shape of the knife. Then an imprint was made on the other half by pressing both halves together, after which this was carved out as well. Both halves were wrapped in a heat resistant layer of clay, sand & horsesung mix. The mould was then dried and fired.

Casting result
 
The cast result is excellent! The quality is equal to the soapstone mould castings.

Finishing
 
Here is the knife after a bit of finishing. The flash was very thin, so this was easily removed. The blade has then been hammered out.