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Giordan Bruno

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  1. Hallo all, after a long stop I'm back into action, I have found a blade that would make a nice d-guard bowie. I designed a sword like brass guard, with a poligonal shape, it includes a 90 degree angle as well. From an old and now lost French website describing the forges of Le Chatellerault I saw that elaborate 19th century sword brass guard were realized as flat blanks, filed and then, probably, bent hot into shape (the site showed flat sword guards already filed and decorated hanging from the museum's walls so I inferred from this that this was the standard practice). I would do something similar, heating the brass and then dipping it into a coolant (brass has inverse temper so annealing is the inverse procedure as steel, I read, but I know no further). Does anybody know something more specific?
  2. Pardon me for this apparently stupid question, I have been looking for info on historical bowie knives measurements with special regard to distal taper but I haven't been able to find much. Are there sites or book that deal with this issue? There seems to be a surge in interest in nItaly on this topic recently so I might be interested in creating some. Personally I was fascinated by the early massive bowies and by the civil war ones, esp D-guards
  3. Ty everybody. Mark I have found the thread by Jeroen, very informative, here http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=20055&hl=%2Bmaking+%2Bblister+%2Bsteel
  4. Greetings to all I have a dagger which I have made out of plain iron, thinking of carburizing it later. Now I have come to realize that, ahem, i have no data concerning appropriate times and temperatures for obtaining a good penetration. My guess would be that a penetration of about 2 mm would be fine for a blade. Has anybody more info on such process?
  5. I have found this Amazon page but I do not know if 30 yards of wire would be enough for a sword handle http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=26%20gauge%20jewelry%20wire&linkCode=ur2&rh=n%3A262596011%2Ck%3A26%20gauge%20jewelry%20wire&tag=jthq-20&url=node%3D262596011
  6. Has anybody a good source for this kind of wire? Preferably in Europe but any source would do as i'm desperate ..
  7. Ty Peter for your answer, kind as usual. browsing google images I also found this page which illustrates a disassembled original smallsword, there is a detailed pic of a braided twist of the original grip. It is interesting to look at the top of the grip to see how wires start not at the same time. What is it suggesting to you? https://www.fortticonderoga.org/blog/?p=134 image from that page
  8. Hallo everybody, i have smithed an historically plausible falchion and i would like to finish its grip with a braided wire wrap of sorts. I like the braided effect but i do not know how to arrange wires to obtain it. I have looked for tutorials on the web but i have found none explaining how to twist wires in such a fashion. I would like to get info on this topic in order to create a nice grip. Material could be silver or silver like.
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