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R.W. Deavers

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  • Birthday 02/23/1974

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  1. Longclaw

    Thank you Zeb. Seeing that video was the best present I received today. To me, and I think to all smiths, that is the reason why we do what we do. And a Merry Christmas to you and yours!
  2. Longclaw

    Longclaw is now home... Merry Christmas!
  3. Crusader sword

    And for today's progress... The blade had to go back into the forge to take care of a slight warp. The warp was spread out and too much to grind out, so I got it straightened and annealed (again). After all that, the cleanup work has begun along with the beginning of the bevel work.
  4. Crusader sword

    More progress made today. The blade now has a general profile with the start of hammered in bevels. I still have a way to go yet, but this is starting to look like something. I'm getting excited now.
  5. Crusader sword

    Thanks everyone. As for the distal taper, I'm after a nice, gentle taper along the entire blade with the end of the fuller almost disappearing into the central spine near the tip.
  6. Crusader sword

    My crusade has begun. With my interest in the Knights Templar and the beginning of the new show 'Knightfall', I finally decided to embark on the crusader sword. While the ones in the show have all of the engraving and enhancements, I will be trying to be more historically correct. The target overall length is about 39" with a blade width of 2 1/4" at the hilt. The fuller length will be about 2/3 of the length of the blade. The hilt will be a simple cross hilt and the pommel will be a simple medallion type. In the photo, you see what I started out with, a new leaf spring blank that was cut in half. I have one of the blade blanks roughly forged with more forging to go.
  7. Longclaw

    Thanks Joshua, I couldn't be happier with this project.
  8. Longclaw

    You're welcome, and thank you, Charles.
  9. Longclaw

    Thank you. I tried to get close to his, but with a few minor artistic choices.
  10. Longclaw

    And the moment everyone has been waiting for... Longclaw is finished. Reflecting back on this whole process, granted there have been some frustration (and what good project does have at least an ounce), but the journey has been well worth it. To be honest, I am so pleased with how this came out, I am humbled. Now, the specifics; the blade was forged from a leaf spring blank, the hilt and handle spacer are mild steel, the handle core is ash wrapped in black leather, and the pommel is cast and sculpted pewter with set rubies for the eyes. I could not have done this project without the help of a very close friend, Matt Maund. He has been instrumental will the leather, but mostly with casting the pommel and setting the rubies. The blade is 34" long and 2 1/4" wide at the hilt. The point of balance is about 4 1/2" from the hilt up the blade. The overall length is 45 1/4" and the handle itself is 5 1/2" long. The quillions are about three inches from the blade edge.
  11. Longclaw

    The way this was cast was with sand casting techniques, otherwise, I would have rather had all the detail in the pattern.
  12. Longclaw

    Okay everyone, here's an update on the progress. I finally got the pommel back from casting. Now, time for the engraving work. I had to forge my own tools for this, but it didn't take much time at all. I still have to layout a few more lines and the teeth, but things are going rather well. The finish is in view on this project.
  13. Longclaw

    The blade is 38" long with a width of 2 1/4" at the hilt. The overall length is about 45".
  14. Longclaw

    Thanks Zeb. As far as the wolf's head pommel, I'll try. lol
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