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  1. Thanks guys. No plans yet for a scabbard. Don't really like making those...
  2. The guard was forged but not the blade, I generally only do stock removal on sword blades. The key to getting good bevels is grinding on a large enought platen. I actually do most of my grinding (after getting the basic geometry with the angle grinder) lengthwise on a 30cm Long platen. That way you can really get flat bevels, somethings that's very, very hard to do over a long blade if you only grind across the belt as many knife makers do. Daggers are easier of course, being much shorter. If you forge, I'd forge thick and grind thin, at least in the beginning. More material to correct things that way.
  3. Thanks guys. Joshua: it's right there on the blade. The sunlight makes it a bit hard to make out.
  4. Hi guys, just finished up this piece: Stats: Overall length: 87cm Blade length: 72cm Blade width at base: 4.7cm PoB: 13cm CoP: ca 46cm weight: 905g This handy little sword is based on late medieval XVIII single handers. Wide and thin bladed, with acute edges and a fine point, it offers excellent cutting and thrusting capabilities. Though stiff enough to be used in armored combat, it is at its best in unarmored fighting, ideally in combination with a buckler. The low overall weight combined with a very pleasant balance make this a very agile weapon. From an aesthetic point of view, clear ridges and sweeping curves dominate. The guard tapers to almost sharp ends, mirroring the wide and thin blade. The blade is of diamond cross section, with the central ridge following on through the handle. The fire blackened fittings and dark red leather give the sword a somewhat sinister appereance. I'm quite happy with it, I hope you like it, too Cheers, Lukas
  5. Thanks, guys. I took the Messer out for a quick spin today, lacking a proper cutting stand at my new workshop I only cut a few bottles. But damn, that thing cuts like crazy! I expected excellent cutting performance but I was still surprised by how absolutely effortlessly and cleanly it cut. Looking forward to trying something more substantial.
  6. Thanks guys, glad you like it. @Charles du Preez I couldn't really say. I think they are more common on straighter blades but I'm sure there is a really curved one out there with a clipped back as well.
  7. It's finished... a few words about it, you may find it interesting. If not, just look at the pics The Langes Messer was a very popular weapon in 15th century Germanic regions, due to its handiness often used as a sidearm and though nowadays often associated with people from lower classes of society, it was in fact carried by members of nobility as well. There are several surviving fencing manuals concerning the use of the Langes Messer and it is quite a popular weapon in modern HEMA. From a swordmaker‘s view, Messer are very interesting weapon dynamically. They are self-reliant in the way that they don‘t really need pommels, they balance themselves out largely by careful mass distribution in the blade and the (wide) tang. They also are quite complex to make and a lot of time is spent carefully fitting all parts together. Stats: Overall length: 84,5cm Blade length: 66cm Blade width at base: 4cm PoB: 13,5cm CoP: ca 48cm Weight: 830g As is obvious from the stats, this is a light and compact weapon. The Messer does have a good amount of blade presence but it never feels unwieldy. It flows and turns effortlessly through cuts and thrusts, with a pleasant forward pull in the hand, inviting to be moved. The point can be controlled easily and tracks well. By design, this weapon has every characteristic of a very capable cutter: a wide, thin and slightly curved blade with a long single bevel and acute edges. It is also a surprisingly good thruster. Because of its short length and the single-edged design with a blunt spine, the blade is quite stiff, despite its thinness. The clip point and sharpened false edge make for a very acute point that easily penetrates soft targets and allow for techniques that utilise the short edge, an important aspect of Messer fencing. While Messer probably were most common in civilian settings, they did also see use in military contexts. To reflect this and enable use against harder targets (armor for example) the point, though slender, is quite robust. The hilt assembly is typical for Lange Messer, featuring a short guard, pierced by the Nagel, and scales riveted to the full tang. The pommel cap is peened over a peen block. Overall one of the most secure and durable hilt constructions. Aesthetically, the Messer gives the impression of an unadorned, very much business-oriented piece of equipment. I had considered adding file-work but decided not to and let the in my eyes quite organic and flowing shapes speak for themselves, with slight accentuation by brass elements. Messer, more than most other sword designs, have a certain viciousness to them. At least to my eyes... They are elegant, very thoughfully designed weapons but while a slender XVIIIb longsword manages to hide its martial purpose behind a slim, innocent seaming facade, the Messer cannot be mistaken for anything but a brutally efficient killing instrument. I might perhaps liken it to a big cat like a panther... even just harmlessly sitting somewhere, there always is a certain feeling of imminent danger.
  8. Very true... it has something of a sleeping lion, harmlessly sitting there but there is a feeling of danger nonetheless. Very few other sword design have left a similar impression on me. Or with the words of Hans Talhoffer, who wrote a fencing manual about these things in the 15th century: "Here they fight with Messer - May God remember them."
  9. Decided to go with a satin finish. All parts of the Messer are ready to be polished. That'll be fun...
  10. Thanks, guys More progress... The blade is now ground to final shape, the guard fitted and drilled to accept the Nagel. Work on the handle scales has also begun. The messer has started to come alive in hand. All current components together weigh 860g, the final weight won't be far off from that. I must say, I'm really excited with how this piece is coming together I still haven't decided what finish to give the guard and pommel cap... I'm tempted to blacken them as I did on the Bowie. Or I might try some forced antiquing, the above mentioned method from Walter Sorrells looks good. Or a plain, honest satin finish? Hmm... The peening of the Nagel will complicate things a bit, I will need to apply the same or a very similar finish to the peened end after assembly...
  11. It worked Here is the heat treated Messer blade next to a XVIII arming sword I'm working on.
  12. Me too. One reason I prefer to make medieval stuff. Except for certain late period exceptions, there are no plunge cuts there
  13. Here is the finished Bowie. It sports a 20,5cm (8“) blade, the overall length is 33,5cm (13“). It weighs 240g (0,5lbs). A substantial knife but compact enough be useful for bushcrafting chores or the like. In fact I intend to carry this knife when hunting. Not because it‘s really necessary but because I want to ;) And I do believe that it will come in handy. In any case, this piece is intended to be a user. The blackened finish of the guard and peen block reflect this, as does the overall appereance of the knife. No unnecessary embellishment, no fancy materials. The design is not without elegance though, the shaping and the proportions are well thought out and carefully executed. In hand, the knife feels substantial but quick, with a slight forward pull, inviting cutting or chopping motions. The PoB is right at the plunge cut. The tip tracks well despite the forward bias. Bowie knives are good fighting knives by design and this one is no exception. Because it will be mainly used for practical purposes and not as a fighter, I didn‘t fully sharpen the back edge. It is ground down to zero but I left it without the final honing. If I ever decide it needs a fully sharpened back edge, it will be a quick matter to do it. The front edge is hair shaving sharp along its entire length but the actual shape of the edge varies: the lower half which will be used for whittling, cutting soft materials, etc features a thinner, more acute edge whereas the upper half is ground to a stouter, more convex edge for chopping into tougher materials and to avoid edge damage upon contact with bone (to be expected with this piece‘s intented use). Grip materials are antler and what I think is walnut (not entirely sure) with leather spacers. I hope you like it, I certainly do.
  14. Made good progress on the Bowie. Here it is with the blade heat treated and final ground, waiting for polishing and with the grip components roughly shaped (antler and wood topped off by a peen block at the end). Haven't yet decided if I want to put decorative layers (brass and/or black paper mayby?) between the components. The guard will probably be blackened, I might leave it with the texture from the file. This will be a user after all. Really happy with how it is coming together!
  15. The tang is wider at the top than at the base so the part of the guard is split, yes. I have given this further thought and discussed it with some other makers and decided that I will pre-curve the blade a bit in the mid section.
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