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Owen Bush
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PostPosted: Wed 09 Nov, 2011 12:55 am    Post subject: executioners axe.         Reply with quote

Here is an executioners axe , based on the axe in the tower of london
weight is just shy of 7.5lb., it is a BIG axe. the edge is 26 centimetres .
the socket construction was an interesting exercise in going back to school (it took me a few attempts ) , since making this axe I have obtained an original and was gratified to see my construction was pretty close to being correct.


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Johan Gemvik




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PostPosted: Wed 09 Nov, 2011 3:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks very authentic!

Now all you need is a black hood, a chopping block and volonteers so we can determine how it worked historically. Wink

"The Dwarf sees farther than the Giant when he has the giant's shoulder to mount on" -Coleridge
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Rusty Thomas




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PostPosted: Wed 09 Nov, 2011 11:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice work! I have always been curious if it is hard to keep the edge aligned when you swing one of those. I've never handled one but it "looks" like the head would want to turn as you accelerate down. But then again with a weight of over 7lbs that might cancel that tendency out and it could be exactly the opposite? Do you have anything you could add about that? Thanks.
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Josh S





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PostPosted: Wed 09 Nov, 2011 11:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow! Nice to see a piece of work that has the degree of extremity generally reserved for fantasy art, without actually becoming gaudy fantasy work.
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