18 1/2" Luristan Dagger

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Marty.Hicks
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18 1/2" Luristan Dagger

Unread post by Marty.Hicks » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:37 pm

The daggers are taking a finish. I plan on using a traditional cupric nitrate patina on this one. That will give it a nice blue/green finish.
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Martin Pansch
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Re: 18 1/2" Luristan Dagger

Unread post by Martin Pansch » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:49 pm

Pretty neat Marty.

Did you work harden the edge at all or just polish it up? I suppose if you aren't planning on actually using it there would be no point to work hardening other than the fact that you can.

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Re: 18 1/2" Luristan Dagger

Unread post by Marty.Hicks » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:32 am

I tested work hardening on this one but the casting is so "beefy" I decided to leave it as is. I may modify the pattern to thin the blade and change the handle. Then try work hardening on some new castings.

(Unless this was used against bronze mail, it's hard to imagine much wear and tear)

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Re: 18 1/2" Luristan Dagger

Unread post by Martin Pansch » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:29 pm

Marty,

I was at the Minneapolis Institute of Art this last weekend and I saw a bronze dagger like the one you cast. See the blurry photo attached. The blade looked a little thinner than yours and there are hole (cast, drilled?) in the handle. If you go in the front door and take a right, go about 150 feet and take another right it is there in the Persian/Middle east/Greek section. Maybe if you sweet talk a curator you might be able to get your mits/calipers on it.

Martin
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Re: 18 1/2" Luristan Dagger

Unread post by Marty.Hicks » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:04 am

Wow! Thanks Martin. I'll definitely get over there to check it out.

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