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Gabriel.Pettersson last won the day on August 24 2017

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    Blacksmithing, reenactment, medieval crafts, books, brewing, larping, skiing, gymnastics, dancing, gaming

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  1. Amazing work! A lot of valuable information here that will help me alot with my current rapier project :-) Thank you!
  2. Beautiful sword Collin! The contrast between the bright blade and the dark wood and darkened pommel and guard is really pleasing to the eyes. Looking forward to see more swords from you in the future!
  3. Thank you Adam. For me, it's all about careful planning and patience, letting it take the time it takes. I sometimes find it hard not to say "this is good enough" and rush ahead to the next step but I've realized that if I just stay focused and in control, the result will be much better in the end. Speed will come with practice.
  4. That is amazing Florian, thank you very much!
  5. Thank you so much! You know what, you are absolutely right. I haven't seen that before but now I can't un-see it, damn you Great advice, thank you!
  6. Thank you so much! About the guard fit: I think I remember having read something about that now that you mention it. The perfectionist in me do want to try to get a very tight fit next time though. I've been thinking about using a dremel instead of hand filing next time to be able to open up just the top half of the guard in a perfect wedge instead of having to open it up more than necessary with the files just to get the blade inside the guard a bit. I had to make a special tool to be able to peen the pommel but still ended up having to clean the pommel up a lot in the end. It was more difficult than I thought it would be, mostly because it was hard to get a good heat on the tang when the pommel ate all the heat from my torch. Thank you, everyone else, for your kind words and warm welcome
  7. Hello everyone, this is my first post here but I have been lurking around for a while, studying all of the amazing work you create. I have been making chefs knives and a couple of daggers for a while but my goal have always been to forge swords. I decided to begin that journey at the end of last year and have been working twoards this goal since then. I have a full time job and too many hobbies to count but smithing have always been my number one passion and I have finally reached a milestone I've been looking forward to for a long time. I've finished my first sword. The proportions of the sword, weight distribution and blade design is based on a 15th century sword from Germany as documented by Peter Johnsson and published in the book accompanying the exhibition "The Sword - Form and Thought" at the Deutshes Klingenmuseum in Solingen (2015 - 2016). Without his research (and further help with heat treating methods and oven design) this project would not have been possible. I am honored to have been given so much of your time and knowledge Peter. The pommel, crossguard and grip is not based on a single sword. It's just me looking at other master pieces, taking a bit here and a bit there and coming up with something that I thought looked good. The sword is 125.3 cm long, forged from 6150 steel and it's edges are sharp. I'm very happy with the outcome but I am definitely going to aim for a completely tight fit of blade to crossguard on my next sword. I got a little carried away with the filing and ended up having made a too large and also slightly curved hole. I will definitely continue making more swords in the future and I'm already looking in to ways of starting to study museum pieces to begin building up my own library of knowledge of historical swords. Cheers!
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