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Florian F Fortner

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Florian F Fortner last won the day on January 29

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    Vienna, Austria
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    Historical Fencing, Bibliography, Typography, Swordmaking, Sewing.

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  1. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    Thanks guys for the praise! It's a pleasure to post my work in this place!! Jerrod, the grip is quite easy. You shape the wood core to the finished form with all the flutes, then you wrap the wire as tight as you would on a flat grip and secure the ends. Lastly, you hammer the wire into the flutes (with a smooth rounded chisel or similar, to prevent cutting or kinking the wire). The wire will stretch and stay in the flutes because it's annealed. As for the sparring abuse: If the hilt is made of 1045 or better, the damage will be on the surface only, nothing deep. Some fencing masters (Pietro Monte for example) advised to have the hilt hardened except for the part where the tang goes through the crossguard. Just make sure your blade and hilt are bit harder than your opponents (which is easy considering the soft stuff most people buy from the standard retailers) Here are some pics of this sword after three days of hard sparring at last weekends event. The cutting edge is less than 1mm and was not rounded - still no deep burrs. The hilt got some chips, but that just adds to the authenticity
  2. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    Lukas, I rather put the work into something I use a few times a week instead into something that will just hang on the wall and not get used at all. Pommel is finished now: And here finally the assembled sword. I'm off tomorrow for a fencing event, there I'll have the possibility to test it thoroughly...
  3. "Sovereign" Dagger.

    Wow, wow, wow! I love the blade shape with the back ridge and the handle (both could be from a 16th century assassins dagger ) The handle reminds me of this:
  4. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    Doug, yes sideswords are cut and thrust swords. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, yet it must be suitable for cuts and thrusts equally and will often be used with sidearms like bucklers or targas. Maybe you had the narrower more thrust oriented rapier in mind? If you are interested in the use of this kind of weapon, just google Achille Marozzo and you will get the idea...
  5. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    C Craft, yes this part of the machine developed over time as I usually make long blades and holding an accurate angle gets difficult. See the end of this page for more details! Once again I am so sad that there are no steel-casting companies around anymore - Filing is the only alternative... The wooden core of the grip with the flutes (which I later found out were not deep enough) But finally... blade, hilt and grip are finished! Just the pommel needs more work (hollowing out of the inside because of too much weight)
  6. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    Charles, for welding I use a TIG machine so I can always match the filler to the materials welded - 1045 in this case. Zeb, so far all those weapons are for my personal use, I do a lot of historical fencing and always strive for the best tool for the job. After every collection of period weapons that I examine, I get new ideas I don't think selling stuff like that is an economic choice - too much work, too little potential customers (they either want cheap sparring swords or want it to look original and don't care about the handling)
  7. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    The lower ring while decorating with needle files and chisels: Outside of the hilt completed, pommel roughly turned: Inside completed too: Filing finer details in the ricasso block: Hilt blackened, just sandpaper from now on... Blade is ready for HT tomorrow, in the meantime I started with the pommel and roughly marked the circumference. Odd numbered facets are more fun filing...
  8. WIP Chiseled Manieristic Rapier Hilt

    A big "thank you" to all the kind and encouraging replies! I got a lot of info from this great forum (especially heat treating and such) that posting this for others is a pleasure. Will try to do this with further projects too!
  9. WIP Chiseled Manieristic Rapier Hilt

    Finally I had the time to take some pictures of the finished sword. It had already some sparring and fighting time, so not brand new anymore... Only the turkshead knots are still missing!
  10. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    At this point I wish I had a forge, tools and skills to properly bend steel into any shape I need. I don't, so had to go the tough route of labour intensive and material wasting stock removal (Bending small diameters in 1045 cold always results in broken parts...) Cutting hundreds and hundreds of tiny slots with files... By far not finished.
  11. Saint Michael Archangel

    It seems your skills in swordmaking are only surpassed by your skills in leatherwork! The belt is more than stunning!!
  12. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    Thanks to all for the kind words! Today I could get some hours into the hilt, roughly shaping pieces and welding some of them together.
  13. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    The most time consuming part of this blade is the double fuller in the ricasso. I scrape them with my scraper tool and an asymmetrical bit. Then it's a lot of sanding (with the sandpaper placed on a round piece of steel). I will finish it finer as the build goes on. At the same time I started the hilt, just cut off some pieces of 1045 bars. Next week I hope to get some more progress on this...
  14. Renaissance Sidesword WIP

    My next project has started: A sidesword in the style of the 16th century bolognese fencing tradition. Blade length of about 93cm and overall weight of 1-1.1kg. The blade is based on a nice weapon from the citizen armoury of vienna, the hilt borrowed from a sword of the Wallace collection. So, here is what it should look like when finished: This blade: With this hilt (without the knuckle guard): The blade is made of spring steel for sparring use, outline cut out with a waterjet. Then I grind the distal taper on the belt grinder (with my new dust collection setup, which is great as it eliminates ALL the dust, I don't need safety glasses, masks or cleaning up afterwards) Next I grind the bevels roughly with the goniometer setup as usual: Now it's on to shaping the ricasso fullers and smoothing the bevels with files...
  15. Belt Grinder Dust Issue

    I decided to try version Nr.3. To reduce the open area around the grinding belt, I attached some parts made of aluminium sheet and a clear cover. Now there is only little room to escape for the dust before it's sucked into the cyclone. It does work well. The only thing I notice is that the airstream does not enter the grinder enclosure symmetrically, because the grinder itself is not symmetrical (tooling arm, tensioner, etc..) Will keep you updated after some serious grinding (I am starting a new sword WIP anyway )