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    All: It's been about two years since the death of my father. He died unexpectedly and suddenly. Him and I were working on our jointly owned boat in Cordova, Ak and he got a stomach ache. A few days later he was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Ten days later he died. We had a few days to say goodbye. The very last beer I shared with my Dad was sitting on the flying bridge of his Boat in what was going to be his retirement home in Florida. I asked him what he wanted done at his funeral. In my Dad's characteristic humor he said he wanted me to build a Viking ship and put him on it, pushing it out to sea. i laughed and said that I'd probably go to jail for that. Then we hatched this plan. My family are commercial fishermen from Cordova, Alaska. We lived on the water. My dad always hoped he was of Viking descent. He was intensely disappointed to find out we were not when DNA tests became available. I wanted to share these pics and the video with you guys (my brothers in craftsmanship), but it was too close to the event. It was too personal. Enough time has passed, and I think it's okay to show you what we did. I say "we," because this build was like a long goodbye to my Dad. He was the woodworker. I was the metal guy. I had never built anything more complex than a small cabin out of wood. I had a lot of long conversations with him during this build. Most of them were in the form of: "I know, Dad! But we don't have time to redo that bit. Your funeral is in like seven days!" My buddy Shane Harvey designed this scale model of a Viking Longship from blueprints obtained from the Copenhagen museum in Denmark in CAD and then cut the keel and ribs on his CNC plywood cutter. He also did the dragon head and the small shields with my Dad's initials (RS) on them. The cutting of the cedar planks (each one cut on a table saw by me), the glue up, etc. took almost 20 days of intense work. I totally underestimated the amount of time it would take. All the lessons I had to learn as I went . . . Just in time I had it stained, varnished, and loaded onto my truck for the ferry ride to Cordova. We loaded the boat up with things my Dad loved. Including the very first sword I ever made when I was 12 with his help (ground from a long file), his favorite hat, a jar of peanut butter (his favorite food), and a gin and tonic in a viking horn (not traditional, but it was his drink). And then we set it on fire. It burned until it swamped, and then we sunk it in a bay that he loved. Anyway, hope you like the build. It's not a blade, but I know you guys well enough to know you'll be okay with this off topic post. Cheers, Dave PS: Drone footage by Shane Harvey.
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    I did a lot of grinding and fuller scraping last week and I have a lot of hand polishing in my future. I just thought it would be fun to give a quick update. I tweaked the profile and it looks a lot better now, and I have also scraped in 3 fullers, two on the face and a single centered one of the other side. The whole blade is ground convex to the edge, something that I see on historical seaxes but rarely on reproductions. The only real problem I have with this blade is that it is rather soft, In hindsight it would probaly have been better to water quench this steel (probably 1045 equivalent.) On the other hand I think it is still within historical hardness range and the blade flexes fine and cuts soft targets without damage. This is the first time that I fullered a long blade, and I am surprised how much stiffer it makes it, it really doesn't want to flex at all now and would be great at thrusting through light armor.
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    Hi Ben, how are you? I use Google Translator. I usually translate from Spanish to English and then from English to Spanish to see if I modify the meaning I want to give the text. If so, I change some words. The Spanish language has many synonyms. Thank you very much. Regards.
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    Hi guys, I haven't been active here for a while but I have not stopped sword making! Here are my latest two pieces, a XVIIIc longsword and a cutlass with a dark twist... First up the XVIIIc. It is inspired by the swords from the Alexandrian arsenal. Large, imposing and about as a fearsome a cutter as you can get (with longswords anyway). Stats: Overall length: 114cm Blade length: 87,5cm Blade width: 7,6cm Weight: 1770g PoB: 10cm CoP: ca 60cm Forward Pivot point: at tip Next up: a black cutlass! I was inspired to make this piece from one of Matt Easton’s Cutlass videos. I prefer handy and substantial swords when it comes to single handers and in a way, a cutlass is like an improved version of a Messer. I was in a somewhat dark mood when working on this and I believe it shows… The entire piece emanates a feeling of dark power. It’s a handy piece and moves easily but it is very powerful for its size. The blade is full 8mm thick at the base, with a strong concave distal taper (the only proper way to make a sabre). The blade is acid etched and I also left some scale from HT on the spine. The guard is actually an original late 19th/early 20th century piece from a much-used austrian practice sabre. It shows much superficial wear but is perfectly sound structurally. After some blackening, I think it fits the blade perfectly. The grip is covered in old black leather. Stats: weight: 1000g blade length: 70cm overall length: 84cm PoB: 11cm That cutlass is about the perfect zombie/apocalypse/BoB weapon in my eyes...
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