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Almost all my historical style axes, maces, flails and polearms in same photo montage:

1. Hand axe from medieval battlefields. (Forged from old ball-peen hammer & flat steels.)
2. Slavic Bulawa mace. (Made from tractor lift arm ball and steel tube etc.)
3. Native American spiked tomahawk (Forged from old mason's hammer.)
4. Mix between medieval Goedendag mace and studded war club.
5. Long war flail very similar to the models what foot soldiers use in medieval Europe. (I use huge bearing balls on that thing..)
6. Two handed Dane axe from the viking period.
7. Simple ball mace where i took ideas from medieval England & Russia etc. (Made from tractor lift arm ball and steel tube etc.)
8. 76 cm long horseman's axe from medieval europe. (Forged from old claw hammer, but langets are from normal flat steel.)
9. Francisca throwing axe from 500-900 century Europe.
10. Flanged mace what they use in medieval battlefieds. (Maybe a little bit too big and heavy compared to authentic models..)
11. One handed Skeggox axe from the viking period.
12. Morning star flail. (At least that rusty cast iron ball is way too huge and heavy compared to authentic morgensterns..) Spikes are made from old bolts.
13. Voulge pole-weapon from medieval Europe. (Blade part is forged from old leaf spring.)
14. Executioner's axe made from old rusty broad axe what i found in the forest broken to two pieces.
15. Medieval hunting spear.
16. Bardiche, traditional infantry polearm from eastern Europe. (Blade is made from old half broken "plow disc".)
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TrixiePooch Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
How long does it take you on average to make one of your creations?
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Astalo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Simple objects like forged nails or wall hooks take about 5-15 minutes to make, but more complicated metal works can take many days. For example about two days for making some basic axe with wooden shaft.

There is few personal pieces where i used over a week for finishing the whole project. (For example that clockwork hand mechanism.)
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TrixiePooch Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018
Have you ever watched a TV show called Forged in Fire, where a person has 6 hours to make a knife, ax, or some other edged weapon from different items? They can be parts from a lawnmower, a car, ball bearing, tools, or flat stock. Quite an interesting show.  It is amazing what they can make in 6 hours.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have not seen "Forged in fire", but when people talk about that tv show in different blacksmith forums, there is usually quite a lot of critic from it.

www.bladeforums.com/threads/th…
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TrixiePooch Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
From what I saw a lot of the complaining was they only had 3 hours to make a knife. But in actuality they had 6, and sometimes even 7 hours. 3 hours to forge and temper the blade, and 3 to finish it with a handle and sharpening it ( and sometimes a hand guard).  The real challenge was the 2 finalists had 5 days in their own forge to create a weapon from history that they are given to create. That is when the real talent shines.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think that real talent comes with quality of the finished piece and not how fast you can make it. ;)
There was a rumour that they have asked also some already famous knifesmiths like Petr "Gullinbursti" Florianek for the show, but him and some other guys have refused because of that hasty time limit. Professional craftsmen are usually quite proud folk and don't want to make rushed projects, and i kinda understand mr Florianek, because if you want to maintain top rate always in your art, you can't be too hasty in the making.

Five days is of course better time for more complex weapon projects. Actual blade forging part is always quite fast, but the finishing & polishing phase can take a lot of time if you want to make it good and proper.
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TrixiePooch Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018
I couldn't agree more. But it has one positive, it gives good publicity to the winners, plus $10,000.  And actually, some of the knives made there looked pretty good. 
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Astalo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ok. I try to check that show in some day. It sounded much more interesting when you said that finalists can use also their own workshops for last projects. Blacksmiths have often some special tools, jigs and self taught methods for different things so you can learn all kind of trade secrets when you see their own personal spaces.

That's why i like to watch a lot of different blacksmith youtubers, like Freerk Wieringa, Niels Provos, Alec Steele, Joey van der Steeg, brotherbanzai, Torbjörn Åhman & "Man at arms" guys in the AWE me channel. Also michaelcthulhu makes interesting fantasy weapons, but he is more like a welder than actual blacksmith.
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CommonCrow Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
A fine collection! I also appreciate the honesty shown in regards to authenticity.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments. :thumbsup:
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ak1508 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask for the ball diameters for 2, 7 and 12? Thank you!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Diameter of the number two is 55 mm and  seven is 56 mm. I modificated them from old used "tractor lift arm balls" www.google.fi/search?q=tractor…

Number 12 spike ball flail was made from some cast iron ball found in junkyard. Base diameter of the ball is about 75 mm or almost 12 cm between the spike points, so it's way more larger and heavier than any real historical flail weights.
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ak1508 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! And by the way, I do not think you are too far off, I have personally seen similar kinda flails in England that were about same size and even larger (maybe ball was hollow, in some cases wooden as well), plus I have a couple photos of them from museums (found on the internet) which seem to roughly fit your size. One I think is in Berlin Museum (not sure!), the other is in Castle Bran in Romania. So I think you are still fairly accurate and would be able to technically use it as they did in history, but perhaps not on foot, but better on horseback. So you wont have to swing it around too much and dont get too tired quickly, cause the speed while being mounted does half the job for you. But it may also be the chance that the examples I mentioned are meant to be 2-handed and the real poles just weren't preserved, so there is that possibility as well.

May I ask what you would charge for these products? You can PM me with the info if thats better for you.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the offer, but i'm not that intererest for making any kind of business in Deviant Art, and don't have made weapon related commission that often even in my my local circles.. For example all of these are only some personal hobby projects.
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garrus368 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
Cooooooooooollll
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding them to your favourites.
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EmiliousTarr Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016
I love your collection, I will be looking through your collection here, I hope it has grown!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice to hear it and thanks for adding me to your watchlist.
I have not made any new weapons in last few years, but there is maybe some new knifes or other small things coming in next spring.
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
Cool!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fave. :thumbsup:
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
Your welcome!
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lokikaspari Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Impressive work. I especially like 16, as I work with plow disc steel quite a bit myself. 
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks.. Your axe sure looked very interesting.
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Lamastok Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
This is awesome. Your ability to reforge some of these is truly impressive.
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Astalo Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice to hear it and thanks also for the faves and watch. :thumbsup:
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Lamastok Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
You're welcome.
And thank you for the llama :)
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Rappel82 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014   Artist
Blank Stare Pumpkin 
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slog11 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
nice pic
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Astalo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding it and also some of my other weapon pictures to your favourites.
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slog11 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thank
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AkitoShen Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice, Did you forged them?
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Astalo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I forged most of the axes, but some other pieces are welded together from old farm tools, but i had to forge new parts also for them. (There was clear description under that photo montage..)
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AkitoShen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks for reply and sorry about that...
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chaoschamp Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
wonderful work
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Astalo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments.
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BareMaidens Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Beautiful work!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding them to your favourites.
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VarikGraythorn Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Amazing collection and awesome work!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Only a small part of my collection. ;)

Thanks for adding this and one of my throwing weapon pictures to your favourites.
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Alraune-Oblongata Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I'm a fan of maces and flails, and you have astonishing good ones.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments. :thumbsup:
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KrazyTacoguy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Artist
you should make the assassin hatchet from assassins creed 3
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like historical designs more.
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KrazyTacoguy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Artist
i can see that X3 i do too
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major-azrael99 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I WANT

1-3-7-9-10-1114-15-16

those are gorgeous and that the kind of stuff i would use.
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Mihaihen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
No 10 looks so sick 0_o
And don't worry about the weight. It was pretty uncommon for a weapon to weigh more then 8 kg but not unheard of ;)
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Astalo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I kinda like shape of that mace, but the head is quite large compared to shaft and i used way too thick steel plate for the flanges. [link]

Authentic medieval flanged maceheads looked more like this. [link] They also make most of the shafts from wood or metal tubes and not solid steel bar like me. Lighter weight makes the weapon much more faster to control if you have to change hitting angle in the middle of swing.

Perfect weapon weight is usually 0,8-3,0 kg and more is just exaggeration. :)
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Mihaihen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
well... i train with a 10 kg sledge hammer. And at first it was wicked a hard right, after about 6 months i started swinging it around like it is nothing :D I tried looking for heavier ones, like 15~30 kg but i could find none ;_; So i think, back in the day when your life depended on a quick kill they had heavy weapons...
PS: sledge hammer hits on a big tire is an old school boxer exercise ;)
[link] < they mention 10 kg swords, i seen some pretty heavy cavalry swords so i guess they could have been used.
And in a final note, if i would ask a blacksmith to forge me a mace it would be at least 10 kg... Since these things where used where a sword would be useless, like on a heavily armored knight for example. The shock would pass true the Armour and deliver damage.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Two hand weapons can be of course more heavier and so on..

If i must to confront some fast moving enemy with sharp things pointed to my direction, i also need very fast moving weapons like that horseman's axe in the 8'th picture. (If i had only some 10 kg mace and i missed the first blow for other guys head, he can probably stab me somewhere, before i find time or space for second hit.)
Big weapons are naturally very effective if you never miss the target, like with the truck tires, but it's not so easy in chaotic situations like medieval battlefields, because target is usually moving all the time and bigger momentum is always harder to control if you are hitting something with full force. :)

For example that morning star in the 12'th picture is a lot of fun, if I'm going to smash some old wooden crates to pieces, but it's way to clumsy and slow weapon for real battles, because that spike ball weight about 5 kilograms. That other flail with three smaller steel balls is much more faster to turn around in the air and it have also longer shaft, what gives it more reach.
That's why executioner axes/swords or some other ceremonial weapons can weight over ten kilos, but longswords or axes from the battlefields are much lighter.
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Mihaihen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
With practice you can wield a 10 kg faster then you would a 3 kg one :D
It's just how the human body works, the more you demand from it the more it gives, on the principle of use it or lose it. I been into sports all my life, so trust me, the more you demand of the human body the more it puts out. If you are content to fight with a 3 kg weapon you r body will never become as strong(and therefore fast) as a guy using a 10 kg one. Sure it takes a lot more practice to use the heavier one. But heavy weapons where not used by the average conscript any way. In some saga s there are accounts of "magical" weapons that only the "fated" wielder could use. My guess, that is a really fancy way of saying he had a big ass sword and none could swing it like that big guy, lol.
Also, on a side note. Yes for a sword or a spear i would choose a light version too. They are weapons that require speed. But, blunt weapons where used against heavily armored targets(where a sword/spear would not work). Heavily armored targets where also a lot slower...
I for one would chose against a knight wearing plate Armour a spiked war hammer with medium size handle and at least 10 kg of weight, ideally around 15 kg :D
I bet one swing of that would pierce the tin can :(
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