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John W. Pen




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PostPosted: Tue 03 Nov, 2009 8:21 am    Post subject: Ash Poles and Spear heads         Reply with quote

I have a spear head and an ash pole. I have been told that spear heads were secured to the ash pole by heating. Does anyone know the the exact method?

John
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Nathan Beal





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PostPosted: Tue 03 Nov, 2009 1:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I tend to secure mine in place by shaping the end of the pole with a spokeshave (or drawknife or power-plane) to a cone that looks about the right taper, then a series of dry fittings and final touch-ups with a spokeshave or whittling knife till it goes on but is so snug it won't come back off (often by twisting it in place the last few mm), then I pass through a thin soft iron nail to act as rivet & peen it over.

Seems to work. I know people who heat the head (propane torch or campfire) and fit it on in-stead of the dry fitting stage (i just prefer not to). I presume that is what you are thinking of when you suggest securing it with heating.

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N.

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Vilkas V.




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PostPosted: Fri 06 Nov, 2009 8:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If you heated a spear socket hot enough to burn a pole down to fit, you would destroy the temper. To fit, start with some sort of plain or rasp, coat the inside of the socket with grease, and they use grease marks on the taper to finish fit.
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Elling Polden




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PostPosted: Sat 07 Nov, 2009 11:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The historical solution seems to have been "a single rivet passing through the shaft, or two rivets that go at least halfway each", according to the regulations of the norwegian Leavies
"this [fight] looks curious, almost like a game. See, they are looking around them before they fall, to find a dry spot to fall on, or they are falling on their shields. Can you see blood on their cloths and weapons? No. This must be trickery."
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