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Johan Gemvik




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PostPosted: Thu 03 May, 2012 4:56 am    Post subject: Best place to buy viking age wood & metal crafts tools?         Reply with quote

Usually I make most viking tools I use myself, especially since some aren't even sold anywhere. But lately I find myself having less time and more money to spend so I was thinking about buying some fully functional viking re-enactment grade tools. Metalworking, woodworking.

I already have spoon drills (make these myself), punches, some good axes and bowl adzes, and of course a hoard of modern looking tools I can't bring to a faire.

I know Owen Bush makes some nice axes and hammers, but I also want various pliers, thin sheet metal cutters, a real Mästermyr Saw and things like that.
I found a guy on ebay who makes some good looking tools, but only in mild or mid carbon steel. I don't want that, I want tools that last and can keep an edge.

So any ideas guys, is there a smith out there specialising in historical toolmaking that uses tool steel and real tempering?

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PostPosted: Thu 03 May, 2012 7:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi

Did you know Daegrad Tools?

http://daegrad.co.uk/

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Wilhelm S.





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PostPosted: Thu 03 May, 2012 12:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

José-Manuel Benito wrote:
Hi

Did you know Daegrad Tools?

http://daegrad.co.uk/

Regards


I have not bought from them but I know some who have and all give rave reviews.
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Matthew Bunker




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PostPosted: Fri 04 May, 2012 12:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

José-Manuel Benito wrote:
Hi

Did you know Daegrad Tools?

http://daegrad.co.uk/

Regards


I rather suspect that Daegrad is who Johan is referring to. He's certainly the only one I know who sells period tools on EBay.

Johan, talk to Daegrad/Dennis, I can put you in touch with him directly if you like? He's a good chap and would probably make tools to your specifications.

If not, then there are a couple of others I've used in the past to make tools to archaeological drawings.
Andy Kirkham (andrew.a.kirkham AT googlemail.com)
Geoffrey Pieters (trades as Eceniron) (geoffrey AT pieters.fsworld.co.uk)

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PostPosted: Fri 04 May, 2012 1:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I can recommend Daegrad. I asked if he could conjure up a set of rattles for me, it felt like my order hardly had left the inbox before he had it done. Swift and excellent service.


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PostPosted: Fri 04 May, 2012 9:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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Mark Routledge
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PostPosted: Fri 04 May, 2012 12:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes Dennis is a top bloke, meticulous research and excellent service.

If he cannot help then try http://www.davebudd.com/otherwork.html

Dave has helped me out in the past.

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Johan Gemvik




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PostPosted: Mon 07 May, 2012 1:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Matthew Bunker wrote:
José-Manuel Benito wrote:
Hi

Did you know Daegrad Tools?

http://daegrad.co.uk/

Regards


I rather suspect that Daegrad is who Johan is referring to. He's certainly the only one I know who sells period tools on EBay.

Johan, talk to Daegrad/Dennis, I can put you in touch with him directly if you like? He's a good chap and would probably make tools to your specifications.

If not, then there are a couple of others I've used in the past to make tools to archaeological drawings.
Andy Kirkham (andrew.a.kirkham AT googlemail.com)
Geoffrey Pieters (trades as Eceniron) (geoffrey AT pieters.fsworld.co.uk)


Yes, I was referring to Daegrad.
The tools he makes look amazing, I have no complaints at all about the shape and eye for detail in that regard which is high praise from me. Happy
But he lists his tools as being made from mild steel, or mid-carbon steel and sometimes not even tempered but "toughened" which I expect means cold worked for some additional hardness.
I get how he means this to emulate all-iron tools and certainly the larger pliers and tongs would work plenty fine this way and represent tools like that with a high level of historical accuracy. But for example his attractive looking sheet metal cutters need to have at least an edge steel of high carbon the way I'm convinced the originals were to be fully functional not just in the short term but for long term use. I'd like to use these not just a few times a year to look good at faires, but all year round cutting thin sheet metal, and perhaps use a good tool for many years.

In comparison the modern goldsmith cutters I use now for brass and bronze sheet cutting for viking sceaths is just amazing. I don't expect an historical tool to really be as good as this. It cuts 0,5 mm brass like paper, and 1 mm like normal scissors cut cardboard. But what I'm looking for is closer to it than any cold worked or light tempered mid-carbon steel tool can come.

Basically what I'm looking for is Daegrad level aesthetics tools but with high carbon cutting edges and modern cutting tool hardness tempering.
I'll contact him and see if he can do that and would be very grateful if you could PM me me his direct contact info.

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