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Florian F Fortner

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Florian F Fortner last won the day on May 20 2018

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

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  1. Florian F Fortner

    WIP - A pair of dueling longswords

    Finally finished! This project was a great learning experience - as usual. The spiralised sword handles were a challenge. Especially getting the leather into the recesses to expose the flutes in the wood. Another funny thing is the behaviour of different types of steel while blackening. Carbon and mild steel turn into a nice greyish black, whereas spring steel that i used for the crossbar plates (containing silicon) turns into a reddish hue. Not a big issue, but a thing to rememeber for next time!
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    WIP - A pair of dueling longswords

    Mike, the crossbar is made up of four pieces, the qillons and a plate over the ricasso on either side. This resulsts in a perefect rectangular slot for the tang that will fit the blade snugly. Making the whole crossbar out of one piece and the piercing and filing the slot would be the original method when forging.
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    WIP - A pair of dueling longswords

    Next update, the blades are almost finished, the hilts waiting for blackening. The grip cores are ready for the leather cover...
  4. Florian F Fortner

    WIP - A pair of dueling longswords

    Starting with the crossbar: Heat treatment of the blades went well. Tempering with the "bend it the opposite way" to straighten the slight bend introduced by quenching works like a charm. The blades turned out deadstraight despite their length (125cm from point to cross). Just clamp it to a square profile with shims to create a inverse curve and hang it in the oven to temper. Test-fit of the parts: Ready for a first swing and finding the correct pommel weight:
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    WIP - A pair of dueling longswords

    A few hours with draw filing and a rotary tool to smoothen the fullers and it looks like this: u Then on to sandpaper 80 t o180 grit, the fullers take the most time:
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    Universal Scraping Tool

    After doing more swords with different fuller demands I modified the device a bit. Now with the help of brass spacers, I can offset the chisel sideways, which is helpful for multiple fullers. The chisel made out of old files cut a lot better than industrial lathe bits. The ideal chisel blade angle is about 70°, a lot more than lathe bits. So the scraper can be held horizontally, which is easier to maintain.
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    Belt Grinder Dust Issue

    Forgot to post the finished machine: Our "holy roman belt grinder". After extensive use, I can say the time and money spent on the cyclone paid off! The airstream pulls away all dust, I don't need to wear a mask or clean up afterwards. It even cools the blades while grinding!!
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    WIP - A pair of dueling longswords

    After a long absence from the forum, I now have time to post a little bit... The next project up is a classic italian "Spada a due mani" from Roberto Gotti's collection in Brescia. Actually I'll make two of them, which gives a fair sparring situation. This is how it should look like when finished: The blanks are cut out already and rough grinding of the distal taper and bevel is complete: I just found out it is a bad idea to finish the transition from the rectangular section to the hexagonal section before having done the side fullers... So the fullers come first :
  9. Florian F Fortner

    Marozzo Sidesword

    Brian, the post is indeed for hand protection. There can be one post (in this case for a leftie) or two posts, or none as the commonest option.
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    Marozzo Sidesword

    I haven't had much time online in the past weeks, but here is a short update on the latest sword project. It is a sidesword typical for Achille Marozzo and his contemporaries (1536). Intended for civilian fencing, it is light (around 900g) and very agile. The pommel is hollow to achieve this low weight. It was also the first time that I heat treated the hilt, (clamped between two angle irons to prevent warping). Here are some pictures, excuse the rough look - it has already seen some sparring action.
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    Off Topic WIP: Articulated Plate Gauntlet

    As there was some interest in posting stuff about plate armour work, I started this slightly off topic thread. It is not blades or hilts, yet it still involves steel, fire and heavy tools My problem is that I will find a piece I like and then want to make it, instead of starting with easier stuff. Here is the original that I want to make as my very first armouring project (Wallace Collection (A276): I tried with cardboard patterns, but cardboard won't bend in three dimensions, so I started with 1mm mild steel. Here are the tools used so far: There's a long wishlist of stuff I need to get it done in higher quality and especially carbon steel (mostly forms and stakes to bang into/onto) Here's the first prototype so far (articulation works, but needs more movement downwards, with a glove inside it's quite mobile): Next step is building the same thing again, with hopefully less errors and better fit!
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    How to mount this anvil?

    It is a work in progress and will take some time before there will be visible results... First project are articulated gauntlets. If it is not too off topic I will certainly post some pictures. Apart from that I can really, really recommend this forum: http://forums.armourarchive.org/ It is the equivalent of bladesmithsforum for armour!!
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    How to mount this anvil?

    Thanks guys! So a big log is what I'm going to get! Banding the top is probably a good idea, for a start a strong tension belt will do. Together with the just finished propane forge this will be my entry point into proper hot work (mostly plate armour though)
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    How to mount this anvil?

    Hey guys, I got a really nice anvil, which I don't know the exact english term of, yet no clue on how to best mount it (see pic). It seems like it is good old quality stuff. Should I put it into a huge log, a big disc of wood mounted on a heavy steel plate? I don't want it to fall over and still be a little bit movable. Anything to improve hammering noise? Any feedback is greatly appreciated! The anvil is about 2 1/2 feet tall, 2 feet across the horns and weighs an estimated 60 pounds.
  15. Florian F Fortner

    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