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Etienne Hamel




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PostPosted: Tue 02 Jan, 2007 8:56 am    Post subject: sheet metal or steel?         Reply with quote

what do we use to make a spear head?
heavy sheet metal (14 gauge) or a steel bar?
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Etienne Hamel




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PostPosted: Tue 02 Jan, 2007 8:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

i wanted to know the same question but with an axe too.
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Jens A Butler




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PostPosted: Tue 02 Jan, 2007 1:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well thats a sort of open ended question , are you trying to make a wall-hanger spear/axe like object , Stage Prop or a reproduction of a historical weapon or a easy to make modern functional weapon?

Jens
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PostPosted: Tue 02 Jan, 2007 1:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Etienne-

myArmoury.com is touted as a "resource for historic arms and armour collectors". The fact that we have some makers as members of this site is fantastic, but let's not confuse this site as being a "how-to" for beginner's looking to venture into the world of arms and armour making.

I completely support the discussion of technique, construction, and the like, but ask that any person wishing to start a discussion of such things do their homework in the appropriate places and start a worthwhile discussion about such things. A single wide-open, broad, overly generalized question is asking others to do all the work of explanation and then sharing of details with you. This is simply not conducive to a fruitful conversation.

I strongly suggest you buy and study several books on smithing, blade making, weapon finishing, etc. From there, the path of study and research of historical arms and armour is a long one. There are several books on these broad subjects. Visits to museums and Web sites like this one are valuable additions from there.

Once you've really gone and done the work to learn the background, foundational knowledge of the work itself and have built a solid core knowledge of the subjects that you want to create, then you'll be better armed to start fruitful conversations with others who are doing the same thing. These discussions will start with much more specific aspects of the craft.

General questions like the ones in some of your recent topics require huge discussions to even define the context let alone to reach a final answer.

Thank you.

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Etienne Hamel




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PostPosted: Tue 02 Jan, 2007 9:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I just wanted to know if the 14 gauge sheet metal is enough strong to resist impacts or i should use for exemple spring steel.
if someone have an answer please help me.
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Nick Trueman





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PostPosted: Wed 03 Jan, 2007 12:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi

No use spring steel, mild steel sheet will bend on impact. Even with spring steel you would still have to have the object hardened and tempered, or it will do much the same as mild steel sheet.
If you can get your hands on spring steel sheet then by all means go for it.

N
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Bruno Giordan





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PostPosted: Wed 03 Jan, 2007 2:39 am    Post subject: Re: sheet metal or steel?         Reply with quote

Etienne Hamel wrote:
what do we use to make a spear head?
heavy sheet metal (14 gauge) or a steel bar?


If you are in Europe try to use wrought iron, the kind used by gate makers.

It is easy to work, rather similar to middle age materials.
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