269 Next production

"So, what are you going to make?

 Rike asks me, not hiding his excitement. Samija looks at him with an expression of relief.

 There are three directions in which you can make something. One is a development of a weapon I've already made, one is a weapon of a different genre, and the last is something other than a weapon.
 Armor will take an awful lot of work (or so the installation tells me), so I'll stop there for now. If I can get enough time in the next three weeks, I might be able to make Deanna or Helen's breastplate.
 As for tools, for example, I made a sickle right after I came here, but other than that, I've only made a hoe recently, so it's not a bad idea to make one.
 But this time I want to make weapons. From what I've heard before, Helen can handle all kinds of weapons, except for the shortsword, which she is the best at.
 If that is the case, I would like her to make some new weapons and try them out.

 I've made swords, swords, spears, short spears, halberds, bows, ordinary weapons, long-handled weapons, and projectile weapons.

Mace is next.

 I've never made a blunt weapon before. I've never made a blunt weapon before, but a flanged mace can take on even the most heavily armored opponent. I've never made a blunt instrument before, but a flanged mace will be able to take on even the most heavily armored opponent. ...... I think my cheat sheet might be able to do without a mace, but that's beside the point.
 And while it's bulky, the mace can be used as a backup weapon for the shortsword when Helen returns to her day job. Even if the flange is a bit damaged, it can still give a jolt, and if it increases the chance of survival even a little, so much the better.
 I'll have to ask Helen how it works. So, I asked her about it.

"Well, yes. If it's too heavy, it'll slow you down, but you can't keep Eizo's sword intact. In such a case, it might be better to have it.

 That's the answer. Well, there is a possibility that it will be safe for a few decades since it uses Apoitakara, but it is not completely guaranteed.

Well, I guess we'll have to settle for mace.
"Oh. ......

 The twinkle in Rike's eye grew brighter. But it's mace, remember? The structure itself is very simple.
 But he still wants to see it, so I'll let him. Everyone else is going to make sheet metal.

 We'll start with the flange. This is the part that juts out radially, and the shape of this part varies, but this time we'll keep it simple, with a curved profile.
 Heat the sheet metal in the fireplace and make it thicker than the intended size. The result is a sheet metal that is much larger than the intended size.
 After the sheet metal is heated again, it is divided into pieces using a soldering iron. Since three pieces were made from one sheet of sheet metal, the same process is repeated twice more, resulting in nine small pieces.

 One of the small pieces is heated and beaten on an anvil to make a shape like Mt. Fuji with a slightly pointed tip. The base of the mountain is about the length of two fists.
 Since it is a blunt instrument, when shaping it, put magic power into it to increase its hardness. Once the shape was formed, it could be left as it was, but since it was a special occasion, I decided to add a little decoration that Helen wanted.
 The decoration was a fat cat engraving, the mark of our workshop. I carved it in relief at a depth that would not degrade its strength. It took a while, but we were able to make it pretty.
 Rike took the finished product in his hands and looked at it closely.

"This is pretty hard," he said.
"It's a mace. It's a mace, so hardness is a priority.

 Since the hardness is enhanced by magic, it is unlikely to break easily, as it would if the iron itself were made harder. If you just make the iron itself harder, it might crack. .......

I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not. No, no, no. ......

 I smiled at Rike, who had started mumbling to himself while looking at a piece of the flange, and put it in the fireplace to make the next piece.