Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Update: Spears

The good folks at Kelticos demonstrate that a hame ball (or hame tip) makes a functional northern British spear counterweight.  As it happens, it also looks startlingly like a Persian spear counterweight as well.

Hame balls are mostly made of brass (sometimes chrome-plated), which is acceptable for bronze.  Look for one with clearly-defined ball and socket sections, not the teardrop-shaped type.  About the only flaw I can find is that they lack the little ring between the ball and socket that a Persian spear butt had.

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