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   xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Aug 4 12:47 AM

August 4th, 2015: The Hindsgavl Dagger

This badass dagger from 2400-1800 BC, is in the National Museum of Denmark and it's magnificent.

In the Neolithic period the flintworkers achieved very high technical standards. The magnificent dagger from Hindsgavl with its blade less than 1 cm thick is the finest example of the flintworkers’ outstanding skills at the end of the Stone Age. It was found around 1876 on tihe island Fænø in the Little Belt. The dagger type is called a ‘fishtail dagger’ because of the fishtail-formed hilt. Pressure-flaked daggers mark the beginning of the end of the Stone Age, and are the reason why the period from 2400-1800 BC is called the Dagger Period.

It was not just anyone who could make a flint dagger like the Hindsgavl Dagger. It was a very specialized craft, superior to anything that had been seen before, and required a master of the art! The secret behind the sophisticated daggers was the use of the so-called ‘soft technique’. By striking the flint directly with a soft hammer of antler or hard wood, one could make a crude initial form of the flint object. Afterwards a small flaking tool could be pressed on to the surface of the dagger to remove small oblong flint flakes.

The National Museum of Denmark has a great collection of Viking stuff too.

Gravdigr  Tuesday Aug 4 05:49 AM

That's a fairly awesome dagger.

I'm a barely awesome Digr.

fargon  Tuesday Aug 4 06:30 AM

That is a very awesome dagger.
Grav you are an extremely awesome Digr.

Griff  Tuesday Aug 4 07:07 AM

Much awesome on display here.

footfootfoot  Tuesday Aug 4 01:43 PM

As I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven knives
And every knife had seven hilts
And every hilt had seven daggers
And every dagger had seven digrs

Digrs, daggers, hilts, and knives, how many were going to St. Ives?

Clodfobble  Tuesday Aug 4 01:45 PM

Digrs, daggers,
This is extremely cute, sir. Well done.

footfootfoot  Tuesday Aug 4 01:50 PM

And a digr dagger stagger battle in a bottle...

Stop me.

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Aug 4 02:21 PM

Bravo foots, well done, but unanswerable.
You never established anyone or anything, except yourself, was going to St Ives.

Gravdigr  Tuesday Aug 4 04:13 PM

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Bravo foots, well done, but unanswerable.
You never established anyone or anything, except yourself, was going to St Ives.
"As I was on my way to St. Ives..."

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Aug 4 05:57 PM

That's what I said, he was going to St Ives but didn't say anyone else was, just him.

footfootfoot  Tuesday Aug 4 06:14 PM

Therefore, only one was going to St. Ives, according to the information in this story.

footfootfoot  Tuesday Aug 4 06:14 PM

Oh yeah, and the squirrel...

lumberjim  Tuesday Aug 4 06:25 PM

...the one the hunter goes around, you mean?

Gravdigr  Tuesday Aug 4 07:14 PM

As I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Every wife had seven sacks
Every sack had seven cats
Every cat had seven kits
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives
How many were going to St. Ives?


xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Aug 4 07:28 PM


lumberjim  Tuesday Aug 4 07:39 PM

Your reply here?

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