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Walter Turkiela




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PostPosted: Thu 30 Sep, 2010 3:21 pm    Post subject: I am looking for the dimensions of a Macuahuitl (aztec)         Reply with quote

I really want to try to make a Macuahuitl, but I have no idea on the specs of it. Does someone with experiance in this know the dimensions of this sword, so I can get started on it right away. or is there anyone who owns the sword, that could measure it out for me. I would be most thankful to you:) I THANK YOU~Walter

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Oct, 2010 1:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I am no expert on that subject, but on drawings it looks like the lenght should be around one meter, give or take a few centimeters. Of course they may be presented larger than life on these drawings if the artist wanted to show them more clearly.
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Oct, 2010 1:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Have you looked at this?

http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=13691

And this?

http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=4928

And this?

http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=6275

I found those by searching for the word "Macuahuitl" in our search function but did not read through them to see if they answer your questions.

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Walter Turkiela




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PostPosted: Fri 01 Oct, 2010 1:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
Have you looked at this?

http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=13691

And this?

http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=4928

And this?

http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=6275

I found those by searching for the word "Macuahuitl" in our search function but did not read through them to see if they answer your questions.

I looked at all these pages,but coulden't find the dimensions only the length. I need the whole scope of the sword.
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Oct, 2010 1:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Walter Turkiela wrote:
I looked at all these pages,but coulden't find the dimensions only the length. I need the whole scope of the sword.


If you know the length, you can extrapolate other dimensions with some simple math, assuming the photo is not skewed.

Using a simple example, assume you've been told an item measures 12 inches. Now, measure the item's image on your screen. Let's say it measures at 6 inches. Now you know that the photo on your screen is 1/2 the size of the original. Now measure some other dimension in the image on your screen, like the width. Multiply that measurement by 2 and you have the real width. You'll get pretty close.

I've done this kind of thing many times. You really just need to know 1 real dimension and the dimension of the image. Find the ratio of one to the other and extrapolate the rest. Very simple.

Obviously, this doesn't help with dimensions like thickness, but for most swords you should be able to get width and length for any part of the sword that way.

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Oct, 2010 3:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dimensions aren't all that important unless you are trying to make an exact copy of a surviving artefact. It is fairly clear from various sources and illustrations that the size and style of the weapon varied substantially.
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