Yue recreation: ancient Chinese bronze axe made in ti alloys

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  1. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    The ancient Shang Dynasty era, 2500 years ago, was the Bronze Age of China. During this time many amazing weapons were made of cast bronze, including one of my favorite historical swords, the Sword of Goujian, King of Yue State.








    There was a different kind of "yue" back then: the ceremonial great axe, called a yue. These axes, more like polearms, had a unique mounting system and shape. They also often had wild-looking faces cast into them, and more.

    Here is a simple yue, made of titanium alloys, some examples of the ancient ones, and a statue of a Chinese girl in armor, holding a mounted yue. Eventually I would like to make one with a face, once I get the capabilities to do so. Or maybe @WValtakis will carve out the entire thing. He engraved the symbol on this one, which is Shang Dynasty era "metal" script, the character for "yuan," which means "head of" or "boss" of something. Not sure if I want to try to inflict that on him, though.

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    The yue is an interesting type of blade. I like the one that only has a mouth. :D
     
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  2. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Pics don't even do this thing justice...it's HUGE:eek::cool:

    Yet another very cool piece Sammy, always a pleasure to help out where I can:thumbsup::D
     
  3. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    It's much appreciated.
     
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  4. rainingblades

    rainingblades Basic Member Basic Member

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    Mar 18, 2019
    13 inches in length? Wow. I'm certianly not complaining! It's like 2 lb 6.7 oz right? Lightning fast but hits like a meteor!
     
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  5. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2020
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  6. Policeman22

    Policeman22

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    May 23, 2020
    super
     
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  7. sloth357

    sloth357 Platinum m0f0 Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    I wish yours had the smile in it :]
     
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