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  1. My crusade has begun. With my interest in the Knights Templar and the beginning of the new show 'Knightfall', I finally decided to embark on the crusader sword. While the ones in the show have all of the engraving and enhancements, I will be trying to be more historically correct. The target overall length is about 39" with a blade width of 2 1/4" at the hilt. The fuller length will be about 2/3 of the length of the blade. The hilt will be a simple cross hilt and the pommel will be a simple medallion type. In the photo, you see what I started out with, a new leaf spring blank that was cu
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  2. Order this: http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1366795&KPID=1109409&cid=CAPLA:G:Shopping_-_Hearth_Products_&_Accs=&pla=pla_1109409&k_clickid=41256cd0-10c2-4438-a4eb-f4c4dee60d48&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIj4bR0_SY2AIVxSOBCh3mqwM8EAQYASABEgIgP_D_BwE No homemade refractory I've heard of will stand up to the kind of things we do to it.
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  3. You are of to a great start! Make the fuller deep so it leaves about a 1 mm web in the middle of the blade. Make the outer third of the blade thin (about .5 mm behind the point) and make a rather drastic distal taper in the first 1/5 of the blade (go down 1.5 - 2 mm in thickness). The blade will then be agile and nice to work with. I will watch this with interest!
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  4. One of the reasons I am all over the idea of a REALLY cheap mini forge a bit bigger and more durable than a one or two brick forge. Something made from off the rack parts that is cheap enough there is little excuse for the curious not to have one. A box around a two brick, I've seen a "sort of" model on fleabay, is a nice idea. I could keep one around, show someone how it works, sell it to them and they'd be on their own for the torch and responsibility.
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  5. Thanks so much, everyone! Your words all mean a lot to me, and I can't wait to share the projects I'm working on now with you guys
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