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Lukas MG

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  1. Thanks for the comments, glad you like it! @Dan Hertzson No, I cheated and welded it together out of 5 parts with a total of 4 welds.
  2. Hi guys, I recently finished this Italian sidesword. Making a complex hilts like this was a first for me, hats off to all who do more of these, they really are a bit of a pain to make and this isn't even a particularly complex one! Stats: Overall length: 104cm Blade length: 90cm Blade width: 3,6cm PoB: 15cm in front of guard, 11cm in front of finger rings CoP: 61cm / 57cm Weight: 1130g Sideswords are very interesting swords. They combine a long and slender blade that would not be uncommon on a late medieval arming sword with a complex hilt that already shows
  3. I haven't seen any originals of this size close up and only maker later period swords but from a sword-making point of view, I think that at this length, without distal taper it would handle about as well as a crowbar. I wouldn't mind the distal taper you have. It will still be a very blade-positive chopper.
  4. Thanks guys, glad you like them!
  5. 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
  6. Thanks guys. No plans yet for a scabbard. Don't really like making those...
  7. 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 corre
  8. Thanks guys. Joshua: it's right there on the blade. The sunlight makes it a bit hard to make out.
  9. 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 agi
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 w
  13. 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."
  14. Decided to go with a satin finish. All parts of the Messer are ready to be polished. That'll be fun...
  15. 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
  16. It worked Here is the heat treated Messer blade next to a XVIII arming sword I'm working on.
  17. Me too. One reason I prefer to make medieval stuff. Except for certain late period exceptions, there are no plunge cuts there
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. Hi guys, Next attempt at a Messer... as you may recall, my last one developed a severe forward curve during heat treatment. On this one I left the front edge thicker, hopefully that does the job. If not, I will have to counter-bend the next one. If this one curves forward, I'll probably hilt is a Messer just the same, there are historical examples of exactly that. But I'm definitively hoping it'll stay straight! The guard was a major pain to make, the tapering slot had me cursing more than once. Soooo much hand-filing... The Nagel on the other hand was quickly and easily made. Not su
  22. The trouble to which you go for a sparring blunt is mind-boggling every time you post a new project. Excellent work. You may be wrong on the "not selling things" part. Very, VERY few people make high quality rapiers and sideswords. For the work you produce, 3000+ Euros is easily in it. Still too cheap for how much work there is in them but well, that's how the market is.
  23. The guard is pretty much at final shape, what remains is making the inlet for the blade's shoulders and polishing. Maybe some decorative filework...
  24. Thanks for watching out, guys, but it's no problem, the drawn on tang is a bit wider than it really is.
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