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Oetzi's flint knife

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:55 am

I had a quick stab (hur hur!) at making a replica of the flint knife that Otzi (or Frozen Fritz) had on him when when he became a popsickle in the early Bronze age.  " />


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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:59 am

The origional handle was made of Ash, and the closest thing I had to hand was Oak, so after initial shaping it was split along the grain and hollowed out to fit the blade. The blade itself seems to be slightly notched to help with the binding.[img][/img]

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:04 am

The two halves in the origional where stuck with pitch pine glue around the blade and bound both ends. I ended up using epoxy so the blade won't wriggle loose!

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:10 am

" />Otzi's sheath was made of Lime bast, so I improvised with some of the Jute string, Will have to have another go at making this again as it ended a bit loose.


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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:11 am

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Post by grendel on Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:10 pm

That's really impressive. Do you have any dimensions on the knife and handle? Also all the jute I've found is pretty tightly wound, did you fluff it up?

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:01 am

Yep, in a way. The threads running from the top to the bottom where split down from thick Jute string (4 ply down to 1) and the herizontal threads where knotted on to them using the thinner Jute string straight from the reel.

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Post by grendel on Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:27 am

Had to have a go, a bit more rustic in design than yours and I took your advice on the jute. Also why make one when you can make three.


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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:23 pm

They look really good, It's a neat design indeed!

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Post by kawasemi on Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:43 pm

Excellent - thanks for sharing the pictures.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:01 pm

Grendel, I've got to ask but where do you get your sinue from? I have heard that sausage "skin" will work as well with a wash out before applying!

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Post by grendel on Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:05 am

I get it off ebay, a simple sinew search will yield results for the imitation stuff. Occasionally the real stuff is there, you can then go to the sellers other items and some have websites/shops.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:06 am

Thanks Mr. G, will see what I can furtle. I have used the sinthetic sinue and it is good although it frays with little handling. Yet to try the real stuff... I did had some light bulb moments the last time I peeled a chorizo though.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:11 pm

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I liked the way the flint knife looked with the bark on, so I made a chunky Oetzi knife! The jute binding was singed and over painted with PVA glue to sort out the fluffyness. If you wanted to be more authentic you could use hide glue (gellatine!).

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Post by grendel on Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:38 pm

That's a beautiful piece of parallel flaking on the blade.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:19 am

Pure luck, you should see the other side! It's not bad but a little uneven compaired to this side, its where the platforms fall... This was pressure flaked with the ishi stick with the thick steel nail tip. It's not very authentic as these things go.

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Post by Dorset Andy on Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:20 am

Absolutely stunning knife Mr Cone!

Just a thought regarding the sinew. There must be thousands of old tennis rackets out there with 'cat gut' strings, which are sinew. Would this be any good?

I'm quite interested in the plant in the background too. Is it a Musa basjoo or a Canna?



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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:42 pm

Ta! I like the idea of recycling old tennis rackets, I'll see what I can find. As for the plant, I thought it was banana? It's one of the few things in the garden that are still looking healthy!

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Post by Dorset Andy on Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:17 pm

Yes, the Japanese banana Musa basjoo. I have a large clump of them in my garden. Stunning plants with their six foot leaves, I used to get bunches of bananas most summers until a couple of years ago and we started to get really bad winters.


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Post by grendel on Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:18 pm

From my time in SE Asia I learnt banana leaves are also very useful, apart from using them as plates, food to be steamed was wrapped in them and when grilling food it was placed on banana leaves, apparently they're a natural aromatic teflon.

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