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Vinícius Ferreira Arruda

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  1. This was a very pleasant commission to work on for me. I could practice a little more of inlaying and the results got better than i could anticipate, even if I have much to evolve in this art. The blade was mostly done by stock removal, but the tip and the tang were forged prior to the grinding. It was made using 1070 steel. The hilt is of a variation of Petersen's type L and it's components are made in mild steel and the inlays are nickel silver. The twisted wires are also nickel silver. It was then oil coated and lightly heated to make it look darker, so the contrast with the coope
  2. Thank you everyone! Peter, it is really an achievement for me to get a compliment from you, you are indeed an inspiration to me and other fellow bladesmiths here in Brazil hehe Steven, I understand your doubts. Actually you can refine the recipe for each specific use. Once, for a big broad sax I made for a friend for example, I put a bit of linseed oil on the recipe so it could endure more impact to the tang without breaking. But to be completely honest, it is not even close to what a good epoxi can hold. And there is also the problem with the weather. Here in Brazil we have some regio
  3. It took me several months to finish the project, as it wasn't one of my priorities and I had to attend to some commissions in the meantime, but at least it came out really good to me. For the first time I decided to twist a wrought iron bar to see the effects after etching. Some viking age blades were done without the need of mixing two different kinds of steel when twisting the bars and I wanted to take a look on this visual. I must say that I loved the results and I'm really planning to make it on larger blades soon, maybe even a sword. So, this blade was forged on three parts: the
  4. They look lovely. The woods were fantastic choices!
  5. Thank you, everyone! And Chris: Actually this blade is not so thin compared with other viking sword blades. There are some that are even 3mm thick on it's thickest part and tapers distally to less than that. It all depends on the quality of steel, heat treatment and how the blade is used. If you had a blade this long and this thick (5mm) with a poor carbon steel, it would probably just bend a little, on the point, but only if hit on the flat. It really endures some heavy use. At least on the shape, I'm not talking about the edge maintenance here. A blade like this with a decent s
  6. This sword was the most challenging piece I made so far and it really let me with a wish to achieve some more on my next swords. The blade was mainly made by stock removal, except for the tip and about 10cm of the cutting edge, as the owner wanted it to have some forging on it. It is 1070. Guards and pommel are made from a piece of British wrought iron from the Victorian Age and the inlays are brass. They are heavily inspired on the designs from a type S sword from Gjermundbu, Norway, but it is not made to look like the original. As some of you may notice it also resembles some interpreta
  7. Wow, I loved it all. The notch is really well defined. Did you just hammer upside or you used the anvil as a guide while hammering from the edge-to-be? Once I made a small sax with this notch but didn't have the balls to forge it and then i ground it. This is awesome!
  8. Hey, everyone! Thank you for the words. I'm really crazy to make another single edged soon. I hope I will be able to put my hands on the next before April. And about the scabbard, as Alan said they were common in linen, but the choice for wool was conjectural from my part. There is a passage in Hilda Davidson's "The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England" that states only that some scabbards were covered with "cloth", but she doesn't specify the kind of cloth used and, taking in consideration that this was a sword made to look humble, but yet impressive, I picked the wool for the job, as it was easier
  9. Thank you all for the compliments, they are very important to me. Collin, I also think they are a bit bulky, but as I wanted to stay as close as possible to some specific styles, I decided to make it this way. But after it was complete, in hand, I think that if it was slender it would not look very well. Also, the point of balance is still about 1cm or half an inch from where I initially wanted. As it is a very heavy sword I think this kind of fit the whole. But I understand you point, at a first glance these guards seem too much. Clifford, I really love these single edged swords. I have som
  10. This is a very special sword for me, as it both ends and starts the year. This was the last blade I quenched at 2016 and the first piece I finished in 2017. So it is kinda different. Forn Hrafn, or Old Raven is made to resemble a humble sword from the beginning of the ninth century Norway. This sword was made by stock removal (not forging, guys) from a piece of 1070 steel. It is heavily inspired on C10560 from Kulturhistorisk Museum from Norway. As I didn't have access to more material about this find, I used some of it's measures and invented others. As you can see on the pictures
  11. Thank you very much, everyone! About the handle and the work it took to be done, it was about 10 hours of carving and scraping and polishing. But it is really relaxing to do it with a Dremel and earplugs hehe
  12. Sometime ago I started to carve a piece of antler with some Urnes style motifs, but I didn't want it to be a viking age knife, but more of a crossover with a modern kitchen knife. Then, every time I had some rest in the shop, such as when the commissions were being tempered, while the glue dried, or when it was too late to start forging in the middle of a crowded neighborhood, I progressed it a little. The blade was forged from a piece of 1070 steel, the handle is red deer antler with Urnes decoration, as well as the bovine leather sheath. The tang was glued in the handle with cutlers resi
  13. I really loved these bird panels. Stunning work =)
  14. Thank you guys! Joshua, you can call me Vinny, of course (I know my name can sound hard for non-latin languages). And I agree with you about the sheaths and blades, usually most people make the sheaths just to carry the blade and I think it is also a part of the work. But thank you for the comments, buddy! Wesley, is get out really slender and I had to use all of my patience to don't destroy the sheath. each side of it has walls thinner than 2mm thick.
  15. Hi everyone. Usually I like to make historical inspired blades, but this time I made a project with a friend of mine here in Brazil and it came out quite beautiful in my opinion. This knife was made in collaboration with the fellow bladesmith Bruno Malagi. He skillfully forged the blade out of almost 1300 layers of 15N20 and 5160 steels and then I made the handle, the sheath and the ferrule. The wood used is ebony and the ferrule is a piece of 100-200 years old wrought iron from England. The carvings were all made using a rotary tool and carving knives and depicts Urnes style animal an
  16. Thank you everyone! A lot of people told me it looks like a hobbit sword indeed and I think it could possibly look like one. My idea right now is to make another piece of similar appearance but longer, as it was originally intended to be, even if I make it a short rather than a longer sword. But thank you all again!
  17. This dagger wasn't meant to be a dagger on its conception. It was a sword that broke after the heat treatment and that I left waiting for about one year on the shop till I finally decided to make it onto a dagger for a knife show I'm going to attend this next weekend. Once I decided it to be a dagger I wanted it to keep with some sword-like features and made a hilt similar to some viking age swords, although this is obviously not a historic looking work. The name of the piece may look quite cliche, but it is somewhat representative of it's original form. The center of the sword blade becam
  18. Thank you, men! Wes Detrick, yes, the costumer wanted something based on that drawing and I tried my best to make it tridimentional. The idea was to make something more sacrificial on the first one, and I'm glad to see I had success on it. Thank you for the feedback!
  19. Hey, everyone. Although I usually make historical inspired blades, sometimes I like to play around with fantastic concepts, even some of which have nothing to do with medieval times, as I prefer most often. In this case there are two daggers based on Lovecraft's work. The first one was made almost one year ago, when a costumer asked me to freak out and make a Cthulhu cultist inspired knife. Then I kept with the idea in mind as I really liked the concept and this week I just finished the second one. In both cases the blade was forged to resemble a tentacle and I used ebony for the handles. I
  20. Thank you very much, guys! I usually like to make the fittings on the sheaths this way because I like this aesthetics of a worn object. Like Kris said, as if it was passed down. I really don't like those shiny mirror looks in my work, although I really admire those who can make them without look like if it was "plastic". But it is really good to know that you liked it. To see other makers pointing out good (and even bad) things on my work is always a pleasure, so i can know which way I should or shouldn't god next time.
  21. Hey, folks. This knife was a real pleasant work to do. Although unexpected, it came out better than I could have imagined. About the blade, it was handforged with a wrought iron spine and a bloom steel edge. The bloom was made by accident when I was trying to produce some shear steel with a wrought iron bar. The iron box in witch the wrought iron was simply melted down and so did the wrought, and then it all became a strange looking bloom with just a little slag from the refractory mantle that melted too. Then I refined it and found a very good amount of carbon in it. After that I covered
  22. Thank you, guys! Kevin, yes, yes, I'm better now. One week without leaving the house and my body reacted to get to the workshop as soon as it could! hehe
  23. Hey guys! After a looong time I decided to finish the blade. The delay is that after the heat treatment it got a lot of huge failures, and I decided not to finish it, as I wouldn't sell it anymore, but there is a guy who just want it, regardless the fails, so here it go some photos of it: As you can see on the second one, the ferric chloride etched it in a quite wild manner, and I'm really thinking on try it from the start again, but let's see where can i go with this blade, if the interested guy will still wanting it or any sort of thing. Next time, however, I'll use your advice, guys.
  24. In middle of all the messy work, I took some time to make a more artistic piece. In other words, I made the blade when I was ok, then I got a terrible tropical disease and then I could only work with light stuff till I got better, and the I decided to make the sheath for this one. The blade is made with a bloom steel edge and wrought iron backbone.The bloom was made by a fellow bladesmith here in Brazil, called Remo Nogueira and I refined it a little more in my workshop. Remo is specialist on japanese style blades and his bloomery gave him a very good "tamahagane", with a very high carbon con
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