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Florian F Fortner

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    Historical Fencing, Bibliography, Typography, Swordmaking, Sewing.

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  1. 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.
  2. Florian F Fortner

    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.
  3. Florian F Fortner

    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!
  4. Florian F Fortner

    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.
  7. 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
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    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...
  9. Florian F Fortner

    "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:
  10. Florian F Fortner

    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...
  11. Florian F Fortner

    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)
  12. Florian F Fortner

    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)
  13. Florian F Fortner

    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...
  14. Florian F Fortner

    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!
  15. Florian F Fortner

    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!