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Bjorn Hagstrom




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PostPosted: Sat 15 Jun, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject: Hammertime!         Reply with quote

Hi all,
Just wanted to share with you my latest acquisition, it is my first (but certainly not last) commissioned custom piece.
It is a late 15th century Horseman's hammer, made by Fabrice Cognot, and the following description is largely quoted from his posting of this on his Facebook page:

"Wood core is ash, langets are mild steel, thinning down towards the point. The head is old, pre-Bessemer iron made in the late XVIIIth or very early XIXth century (obvious slag content is quite visible) ; a carbon steel insert was V-scarf welded ath the point, hardened and self-tempered using residual heat from the head.

As often, the intersting thing in this piece is the unseen : apart from the rivets maintaining each opposite langet together, and the dovetailing at the end plate, the head, clip and top plate are riveted to the haft using historical methods perceptible on period originals, involving a transversal rivet, and an intermediate inner plate to which the top is riveted, perfectly securing the head in place"

Overall length : about 65 cm
Weight is 1333 grams.

It makes me want to crush things Big Grin





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Tomas B




Location: Ireland, Wales, Canada...I'm transient
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PostPosted: Sat 15 Jun, 2013 5:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is an amazing hammer! I am very envious. Fabrice is an incredible craftsman.

Tomas
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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Sat 15 Jun, 2013 5:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Awesome hammer! It's so beautiful, I'd hate to scuff it up actually hitting anything with it. But....I doubt there's very little that wouldn't crumple under that! Kick-A**!!!............McM
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Bjorn Hagstrom




Location: Höör, Skane
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jun, 2013 12:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mark Moore wrote:
Awesome hammer! It's so beautiful, I'd hate to scuff it up actually hitting anything with it. But....I doubt there's very little that wouldn't crumple under that! Kick-A**!!!............McM


I find some patination from use enhances almost any reproductions I have (on everything from clothes, tools, furniture and weapons) With any luck, this hammer will see some use as it was intended, from horseback! That is the reason I had it made at the longer end of the spectrum. I have short arms, and the horses I have the opportunity to ride is usually a hand or two higher than historical ones.

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James M.





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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jun, 2013 2:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lovely piece, efficient, I like seeing the bits of slag in the iron of the head.

I quite like the long handle as well, makes for a unique look!
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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jun, 2013 4:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, Bjorn...........I must say I agree. My wife says I've got some good patina from long years of usage.....But only a little rust!! Laughing Out Loud Laughing Out Loud But still....one beautiful hammer!!..........McM
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Fabrice Cognot
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PostPosted: Wed 28 Aug, 2013 1:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'v been away from these forums for a while, and what can I say..thanks all Happy
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Alex Cerioli




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PostPosted: Wed 28 Aug, 2013 1:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice repro, was it used against plate armours, I assume.
"Their pacts are their swords, their favour a punishment"
Pope Gregory on the Longobards.
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Bjorn Hagstrom




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PostPosted: Wed 28 Aug, 2013 2:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Alex Cerioli wrote:
Very nice repro, was it used against plate armours, I assume.

Yes, that would be correct. Actually this guy explains it quite well.

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