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JG Elmslie
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PostPosted: Sun 21 Aug, 2016 9:17 am    Post subject: For Sale: A Hauswehr, or Peasant's knife of the mid-15th C.         Reply with quote

I'd just like to show an example of work which is available for sale right now.

Handmade in EN45 steel and antique wrought iron, with a reinforced point which swells out to a strong diamond-section, this is a reproduction in the style of the lower-class peasant knives of mid-15th century Bohemia, southern Germany, or the western regions of the Kingdom of Hungary.

As an example of the lower-class arms, the surface finish is deliberately kept simple, with a satin polish rather than mirror finishing. More notably, and it lacks any sort of bolsters on the front of the boxwood scales, a detail commonly lacking on many surviving examples, but very rarely reproduced. Despite lacking such elements however it does have a scallop-shell patterned nagel projection, again forge-worked from antique wrought iron, riveted in place forward of the long grip with its rolled tubular rivets. The use of the nagel, combined with a reinforced tip clearly indicates the nature of this as a fighting knife.

The sheath is inspired by a partially surviving Czech example (Slezské zemské muzeum Opava, inv. c. V 5/9; 9III5, Published by Žákovský, 2014, Cat.no 185.), of a metal collar and zig-zag line decoration. While the original metal of the collar was a lead-tin alloy, for modern considerations of safety, the reproduction consists of a collar of brass, tinned for the same white metal finish. Its an unfortunate compromise, but one required for modern safety concerns.

The vegetable-tanned leather sheath consists of two layers, sewn with linen thread, and tooled on the outer face.

It is for sale just now at an asking price of Ł350 GBP. (Just €404, or $457 at today's exchange rate, thanks to our self-destructing economy...), plus shipping, which should be in the region of Ł20-25 for most of Europe or north America.)



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PostPosted: Sun 21 Aug, 2016 1:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice, I'm quite tempted. The reinforced tip looks very strong. Nice handle, all very well done
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PostPosted: Sun 28 Aug, 2016 11:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If I hadn't already got a rather extravagant, bohemian variant of a hauswehr from him (not to mention the complete hauswehr set currently in the works), I'd pick this up in a heartbeat.

As it is, yet another hauswehr would not be the most reasonable addition to my collection.
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