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The Hunt: A Family Heirloom by TormentedArtifacts The Hunt: A Family Heirloom by TormentedArtifacts
Crossbows, pikes, and all sorts of other weapons with more range and reach are, of course, the best tools for the job. But sometimes, you don't have the time, or the room for larger weapons. Sometimes, you only have one brief moment before one of the damned monsters is on you, doing its best to drain you dry. And that's when something as simple as a quick improvised weapon comes in handy- like this one. Passed down through generations of the family, each hunter working further and further on it until it became one of the best tools you'll ever carry.

White oak- soaked for seven days in a mix of holy water infused with
Allium Sativum, sigils for the warding or burning of demonically-possessed flesh branded into the pommel, lines of silver and brass woven into the spike to envenom it against lycanthropes or spirits. The sheath is of leather heavy enough to resist the bites of most creatures, and has been sized to work as an arm-guard for just that reason as well. All in all, this is the one tool you will promise me to never leave the house without this strapped onto your arm, young lady..."

-Discussion overheard in the Hellsing family residence, circa 1973.



Yes, it's a vampire stake. Because, let's face it, the only good vamp is a dead one.

Media: Wood, silver & brass wire, leather.

Yes, this piece is available for private sale. Please, contact me through either a note here on DeviantArt, or via my website, Tormented Artifacts
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jpiteira Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Looks amazing! Pro tip if you want to age the wood: vinegar or black tea
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white31 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
At last, a designer capable of tactical thinking!
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dragongirl5546 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
its beautiful but would it actualy work
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TormentedArtifacts Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
define 'actually work' for me, please.
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dragongirl5546 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
like did it actually get that stuff done to it and in theory work
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TormentedArtifacts Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
OK, so. Let me break this down for you.

This is a prop piece constructed in 2011, not as the story would suggest, in 1973.

Two: there are no such things as real supernatural vampires. The intro story is a work of fiction.

Three: that said, the stake is indeed white oak. Sigils have indeed been burned into it. Silver and brass were indeed wound into parts of it. the whole soaked in holy water and garlic part is part of the fiction- while water got used heavily to wash away extra sawdust from the carved/burned portions, there was no holy water bath. Hells, as an atheist, me soaking something in holy water would likely have as much effect as me soaking it in melted butter or some other substance.

Four: there is no such bloody thing as supernatural vampires. I make this stuff because, well, it's fun.
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dragongirl5546 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
well excuse me no need to get snippy my views are my views and i was just curious the carving was pretty. and i was wondering if it was true im not getting into the vampire real or not thing because of my very own kind of religion and no its not christian nor am i an athiest and i have nothing against either its just my way of seeing the world matches as a mix of religions but not its complicated and if your going to tell a story say it is unless its obvious. again no reason to get snippy about it my views are my own way soo wether you think so or not is not my own thoughts so again pretty sculpture no reason to get snippy and my curiousity and views are my own sorry i acknowledged
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DirtScraps Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is a beautiful stake! :O
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TormentedArtifacts Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! And thanks for the :+fav:!
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DirtScraps Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome for both! :XD:
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KaleidoscopeHearts Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
I don't know that every vampire is good if it's dead... lol

However you don't see many of these up for sale. I really like the craftsmanship!
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TormentedArtifacts Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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manewnya Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
want such thing :)
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TormentedArtifacts Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, if you're serious, it is available for sale- just send me a note and we can work out the details.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous artifact. I love the story you've concocted for it. I only wish that the brass & silver details were more visible in the photo: it's got so much detail, I hate to miss any of it at all.
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AEmeya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Don't SELL that, give it to your kids and claim it came from their great-great-grandfather and write a bullshit journal about vampire hunting, burn the edges a little and hide it somewhere in their room.
GAWD.
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Friggo-Glicker Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
beatifull, I like the burn wood
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
I really like the pattern you burned into the stake
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GTAtomten Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's a cool piece of equipment. Good work!
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moonfrogflying Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it, a wonderful idea!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous heirloom, no vampire hunter should be without it!
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feralSky Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
I like Vampires! When you stab them they explode into sparkly glitter poppers! weeeee
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TormentedArtifacts Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hunh- never though of using vamps for firecrackers, but this is an idea that just might work!
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Folksaga Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cool :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional
nice job
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