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AJ Chalifoux

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  1. They all look great, but that third one is dynamite to me. Good job!
  2. I forgot to comment on this when you first posted it. I'm normally not big into axes, but that just looks so clean and well-done! Great job.
  3. I believe you're thinking of Bauernwehr and Hauswehr Doug pretty much hit the nail on the head. Messers were sword-length "knives" with crossguards, usually (but not always) sporting a Nagel. That looks like a great start! I'm excited to see where it goes.
  4. That's really nice and clean!
  5. Honestly I just use 8" stove pipe with a cap at the bottom that I caulked the bejeezus out of when I was a teenager. A 48" section holds 5 gallons.
  6. Though not common, Messers very much like this certainly existed (even without Nagels or side rings). Great work! It looks and sounds like a beautiful hand-and-a-half sword.
  7. Picked up two truckloads of manure yesterday to fill our garden (finally). We built the frame last year; 16 x 16 raised bed, but by the time it was done it was too late to plant much and we didn't have the fill yet. We still need another 3.5-4 cubic yards, but that'll be next weekend. Today we plan on planting our four new fruit trees. Overall, not a bad way to spend our spare time.
  8. This is fantastic. Really nicely done!
  9. Yesterday I ground the profile on the more curved small Messer I'm working on, and immediately said nope, too much curve. So today I straightened it out some and also bent the tang downward a little more. It looks and feels much better now, though I'll need to touch up the profile again after forging.
  10. Straightened a small Messer (top) and got a second one (bottom) almost done forging. I may tweak the bottom one a bit before heat treating, but we'll see. They're part of an experiment I want to try concerning short Messers/Hauswehr carried by peasants as can be seen in various medieval paintings.
  11. Those look great! Based on the thickness at the base, I'd bet they're pretty light too.
  12. Looking good. I also agree that the bend-and-file fullering method you show looks brilliant.
  13. That's also one of my favorites. I just know of it as Moesgaard Viking sword. There's not too much information available, but based on the hilt design and narrowness of the blade, it's probably a later piece (10th century maybe?) https://www.kulturarv.dk/mussam/VisGenstand.action?genstandId=6416382
  14. I can't remember off the top of my head how shear looks in cantilevered beams (I went into engineering for manufacturing, not structural dagnabbit), but technically a large enough guard should serve as an anchor and create a node there. Reasoning through it, I suppose it would put a lot of shear at that spot. I would think, though, that the looseness of the guard will only matter when it's so loose that it's just rattling around anyway. Then again, nodes could be anywhere on the handle depending on the type of sword, so while the guard will have an effect, the node will not necessarily be there and it should behave just like any other spot on the sword under vibration. Al, to add to your post, many guards were fitted so loose that they shimmed them to get a tight fit to the tang. I've seen wood, copper, steel, etc. shims used for exactly this reason.
  15. Peter Johnsson designs anything made by Albion, so they tend to be good references as far as reproductions go. Other than that, surf around on MyArmoury to get good examples of period examples. Generally speaking, an earlier long/great sword like this will have a simpler, straight guard and some variety of wheel pommel. If I were you, I'd see if bronze or brass pommels were common for this type (can't remember off the top of my head), since they're easier to shape and look great. The grip will generally be of wood wrapped in cord and then leather wrapped around that.
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