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Book on Danish bronze age swords
Topic Started: Feb 12 2017, 06:52 PM (364 Views)
Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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This is one area the Prahistorische Bronzefunde series does not cover. Does anyone know a good reference book for the Danish bronze age swords? I mean with measurements, cross-sections and other descriptions?
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Todd Feinman
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Ran into this. You might have already seen it. Beautiful stuff thgat I know squat about! Actually I'm 1/4 Danish but you'd never guess:
https://books.google.com/books?id=nToPAQAAM...0bronze&f=false

And:https://books.google.com/books?id=Fk8TAQAAM...d_gCJcQ6AEILTAD

Cool stuff but not the kind of detail you want.

Do you understand any Danish language?:
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=Danmark+sværd+bronze

Looks like some stuff is in German, of course:
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&ei=uN....41.c2XaFK_m0hA
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Todd Feinman,Feb 13 2017
03:52 PM
Ran into this. You might have already seen it. Beautiful stuff thgat I know squat about! Actually I'm 1/4 Danish but you'd never guess:
https://books.google.com/books?id=nToPAQAAM...0bronze&f=false

And:https://books.google.com/books?id=Fk8TAQAAM...d_gCJcQ6AEILTAD

Cool stuff but not the kind of detail you want.

Do you understand any Danish language?:
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=Danmark+sværd+bronze

Looks like some stuff is in German, of course:
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&ei=uN....41.c2XaFK_m0hA

Of course having high detail drawings, sideviews, cross-sections, mass and metallurgical composition data would be the ideal (well, not quite, ideal would be handling the swords and taking all necessary data directly), but if that's not available I have to make do with what is available. The less data I have, the less accurate any reproductions will be. By far the best reproduction I've done was the Gundlingen I was able to handle myself. I can read a little bit of Danish, at least enough to find my way. I'll add your suggestions those to my wish list, and see if I can find them when I have funds available. If anyone has more books as suggestions, I'd be happy to hear about them.



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Jeroen Zuiderwijk,Feb 14 2017
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Todd Feinman,Feb 13 2017
03:52 PM
Ran into this.  You might have already seen it.  Beautiful stuff thgat I know squat about!  Actually I'm 1/4 Danish but you'd never guess:
https://books.google.com/books?id=nToPAQAAM...0bronze&f=false

And:https://books.google.com/books?id=Fk8TAQAAM...d_gCJcQ6AEILTAD

Cool stuff but not the kind of detail you want.

Do you understand any Danish language?:
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=Danmark+sværd+bronze

Looks like some stuff is in German, of course:
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&ei=uN....41.c2XaFK_m0hA

Of course having high detail drawings, sideviews, cross-sections, mass and metallurgical composition data would be the ideal (well, not quite, ideal would be handling the swords and taking all necessary data directly), but if that's not available I have to make do with what is available. The less data I have, the less accurate any reproductions will be. By far the best reproduction I've done was the Gundlingen I was able to handle myself. I can read a little bit of Danish, at least enough to find my way. I'll add your suggestions those to my wish list, and see if I can find them when I have funds available. If anyone has more books as suggestions, I'd be happy to hear about them.

We certainly are looking forward to more great stuff from you!! The Danish swords are certainly gorgeous. :)
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Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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Thanks! I'm currently working on a German bronze hilted sword, very much like these: https://www.facebook.com/KedarFoundry/media...27684538&type=3
I'm hoping my reproductions will become as nice as those :o
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Jeroen Zuiderwijk,Feb 15 2017
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Thanks! I'm currently working on a German bronze hilted sword, very much like these: https://www.facebook.com/KedarFoundry/media...27684538&type=3
I'm hoping my reproductions will become as nice as those :o

I can get to the front page, but alas don't use Facebook! :ph43r:
If you can send links to images another way, I'm sure we faceless people would love to see them!
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Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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These are reproductions done by a Radek Kedar, a Czech bronze caster who made them for a museum. He even cast them using clay moulds (bastard!:)).
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And:
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The one I'm reproducing has a hilt very similar to the second one, though the blade on the example I'm working on is more like the first. The model for the blade and hilt are practically finished.
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I'm working on the one on the right in the book shown below (or left in the book in the upper right corner):
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Wow! Beautiful stuff. I think those Danish swords are the nicest
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These are not Danish, but central European. However, similar swords have been found in Scandinavia as well.
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Hope the casting process goes well, Jeroen! It's a very attractive sword. Very interesting serrated area on the Kedar repro you posted, too.
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This excellent recent publication in german. A complete study about bronze swords from Denmark and North Germany. "Älterebronzezeitliche Vollgriffschwerter in Dänemark und Schleswig-Hohlstein" Jan-Heinrich Bunnefeld 674 pages !!! 123 tables.
I received it today. A bible !
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