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Spike dagger by Astalo Spike dagger by Astalo
I found one broken farmyard pitchfork and noticed that centerspike is still in very good shape. It was a quite strong looking steel so i deside to make some kind of dagger from that old thing and begin to forge it to new more square shape.

Material was not thick enough for medieval rondel blade, but i have seen some pictures from renaissance stiletto daggers with very narrow blades, so i change my original idea a little bit.

That handle style is also not very typical for traditional stilettos, so it's now only my own simple combination of many historical dagger types like misericorde, stiletto and poignard etc. (Length is 42 cm and it weight about 205 g.)
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:iconalomhordozo57:
alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Great work!
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding it to your favourites.
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zXAnimeKingXz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
This is great. Amazing work.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for faving it.
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major-azrael99 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i like this, really sweet.
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chaos1976 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I add a suggestion? The wooden handle is a perfect accent to the steel. I would say, though, if you carve the twist to match up with the lines on the end cap,it will bring your work to the next level! Just that little attention to detail makes the difference between quality work (already you!) to art.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks again for the faves. I already tested it before i riveted the buttcap tight, but i really liked more from this present position between the lines. :P

If I want to use matching pommel with spiral shaped handle in the future, I'm probably going to file some kind of spiral grooves also in the metal part. In that way it looks better than just straight lines in the end of curves..
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:iconaltophonse:
AltoPhonse Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
That's awesome! I love the style, and the handle is very well crafted! Stunning work! ^^ ~:heart:
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding it to your favourites. :)
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:iconvolfraider:
volfraider Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Remember through the armpit and into the heart for a swift and mercifull kill.
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:iconvolfraider:
volfraider Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
THE MERCY GIIIVER!!!!!!
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah. Thats just a english name for a misericorde. :)
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:iconvolfraider:
volfraider Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hahahaha its awesome bro great work!
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:iconsimidae:
Simidae Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you watch Game of Thrones? It would be great if you made the swords from that.You'd probably have to make them slightly different with similar but not the same names to avoid copyright issues.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding this dagger to your favouriters. :thumbsup:
I watch that tv-show and have read most of the books, but it's usually more fun to make own designs than copy some objects from tv. :)
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Dekokatana Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Nice..
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:icondragonscribble:
DragonScribble Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
wonderful piece, and a great idea for recycling old farm tools.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, it's maybe good time to forge old plows again to swords. :D
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:iconanonymous92:
anonymous92 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
that is totally awesome I love the spiral pattern on the hilt and the design of the blade, it's not the type of thing you see everyday that's for sure.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments.
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LaFoManEatingCDs Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
It's like a little novelty sai. Really, the cutest sai to ever be crafted. Useless as a functional sai, but too adorable to discard. Wrong continent, but that's what first sprang to mind.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah.. I have handled real sai daggers few times and they are indeed quite "bulky" things compared to this narrow spike.
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FalconofFire Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
They might be called poinards or poniards but i don't really know.
Anyway, awsome!
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks.
Poignard, poinard or poniard.. They are just some different dialects/accents for same old thing. :)
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GreenColoredBlood Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That kind of thin renaissance stiletto-daggers are made to pierce ringmail. But I guess you knew that already! Nice work!
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. It was one of my influences on this project. (They used to stick stilettos also between plate armor armpit/elbow-joints and helmet visor holes etc.)
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GreenColoredBlood Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yep.
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Gadgetsmith Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is the handle made of wood?
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes and rowan wood exactly.. (Thanks for faving it.)
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Gadgetsmith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welome. I'm not quite finished in your gallery yet...

...I had to go to bed because of My new job. I'll get around to viewing all of the rest of it soon.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the twisted design on the blade and the handle.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. Also my favourite details on that.. :)
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:iconjulesjustjules:
Julesjustjules Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
lovely work! That handle looks great.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments.
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dubdotherdain Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like a mighty fine rib tickler.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for your comment and fave. :thumbsup:
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:iconamoebabloke:
amoebabloke Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
lovely work as ever sir, i am quite taken with the handle nice design.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. I probably try to use that "twisted style" also in some other dagger projects.
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:iconbulldogtheblacksmith:
Absolutely beautiful work
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fave.
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:iconbulldogtheblacksmith:
your are welcome it is great work
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:iconironstaff:
Ironstaff Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Excellent work and good re-use of a found object.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. I'm always very into recycling. (For example also that "pommel" is made from old bolt head what i grinded/filed to that new shape..)
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:iconronin-san:
Ronin-San Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Im not a big fan of European cold weapons, but an applause for originality!:D
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. Nice to hear that you call that design original.

I just heard from one my online friends, that it looks almost like a European version of japanese sai dagger. :)
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:iconronin-san:
Ronin-San Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
It actually reminded me of the sai first...
You should experiment with Japanese and Chinese stuff more:D
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:iconupsilon400:
Upsilon400 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Looks like something I'd eat with.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's very good also for ice picking. :XD:
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:iconupsilon400:
Upsilon400 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Lol, that's what I was thinking.
Before I could craft shivs, I kept an ice pick on me just in case...
Never have had to stab someone... But you never know. Walk into the bank the wrong day, you know?
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Jewelry-LT Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
this looks awesome :o
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