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aluminum bronze axe head.
Dec 28th, 2015 at 3:00pm
 
Cu-90%
Al-8%
Fe-2%
Investment cast aluminum bronze alloy. Then cold worked for hardness and polished.
Aluminum bronze is the hardest of all common bronze alloys.  It is also highly corrosion resistant and nearly tarnish proof.
Although this axe head is peened to a fine edge and polished sharp, I am selling it as a collection piece for display because of a minor casting porosity.

$130.00 US dollars shipped. I have never shipped anything internationally but would be willing if you are willing to incur the additional freight costs.
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Re: aluminum bronze axe head.
Reply #1 - Dec 29th, 2015 at 6:33am
 
Wow!
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Reply #2 - Dec 29th, 2015 at 10:14am
 
Can it be polished or hammered smooth?
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Reply #3 - Dec 29th, 2015 at 12:59pm
 
It was smooth as cast, but I worked the entire surface with a few different peening hammers.  It could be worked smooth again but because of the specific casting defect on this one, I chose an orange peel texture to make the little surface pits less noticeable.  I did not degass well enough and as a result, the molten bronze had tiny bubbles trapped in it like co2 in a glass of soda water.  It looked like this when it came out
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Re: aluminum bronze axe head.
Reply #4 - Dec 31st, 2015 at 10:51am
 
lol I prefer the one before you hammered shit out of it Smiley
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Reply #5 - Dec 31st, 2015 at 11:59am
 
Art is subjective...
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Reply #6 - Jan 1st, 2016 at 12:22pm
 
Nice, 130 dollars is a good price for something like this, we sell our bronze knives at about 40-50 euro.
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Reply #7 - Jan 2nd, 2016 at 11:32am
 
Are either one of you guys going to be making bronze swords?
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Reply #8 - Jan 24th, 2016 at 6:38am
 
That's finicky stuff to make..way too much chance of getting a failed cast, unless it's thicker than ideal. If i knew i get some good money on it, i'd try at least.
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Reply #9 - Jan 25th, 2016 at 5:23pm
 
Bill, we're going to cast a Bronze Age dagger or two the first week of February, we'll see if we can make a sword too, but considering there's a guy in England that sells perfectly crafted bronze swords for less than 90 dollars....... we may consider buying them from him Cheesy
(the fact is, that we're more Iron Age students. But a bronze sword is always a bronze sword, I own one which is amazing... an amazing wallhanger, that is). When it comes to fighting (or chopping wood) I rely on my hancrafted Novilara steel short sword.
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