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    3rd Century Roman Double Fuller Spatha

    Thank you... it is quite a trial to work with Ebony (one of the blackest woods) and Holly, (the whitest wood) without the ebony discoloring the Holly...
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    3rd Century Roman Double Fuller Spatha

    Hello Wes... Yes the Spatha was originally a Cavalry / Equestrian Sword. IN the First Century the variations were on the thinner side. In the later part of the first Century the Legionary foot Soldiers sword / Gladius was of the Pompeii Style. Going into the 2nd -3rd Centuries, the Spatha replaced the Pompeii. There were many variations of the Spatha blades in length and blade geometry. They had the traditional midrib and also multiple fullers. Transitional sword? Yes indeed! I am currently researching 2nd-5th Century Roman Swords... More to come in the near future.
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    1st Century Roman "Fulham" Gladius and Scabbard

    You can always commission your own
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    5th Century Feltwell Sword

    Here is a 5th Century Feltwell Spatha that I "Re-Hilted" for a Museum They provided the blade and I reconstructed the hilt. The blade was full tanged and the finished hilt was peened. The hilt was carved from African Mahogany and stained darker per the clients request. The pommel Finial and Washer are hand made from brass.
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    La Tene' Celtic Sword

    He is a La Tene' Celtic sword I created for a Museum. The Blade is 1075 high carbon steel. The guard plate and Pommel are made from Bronze. The Guard and Pommel are Hand carved from European Boxwood and marked per the clients request.. The Grip is hand carved from Elk Antler and Black African Ebony.
  6. Here is a 3rd Century Roman Double Fuller Spatha I created for a Museum. This hilt has 25 different pieces including, African Black Ebony, African Mahogany, Premium White Holly, and Brass. The Brass Rings are hand cast in brass with the lost wax method of casting. Everything is hand made right here in my shop.
  7. This is my hand made replica of a portion of a bronze statue found in an archeological dig in the Lucentum Forum in Spain. A picture of mine next to the portion of the statue piece as an example. The blade is made of 1075 High Carbon Steel. The Grip and Guard were hand carved from Premium White Holly. The Double Headed Eagle was hand carved from African Mahogany and overlaid with 23kt. Gold.
  8. The "RHEMA" LION'S HEAD Roman Officer's (Parazonium) This sword was made of 1075 high carbon steel. "Based on" but not totally Historically Accurate Roman. This sword hilt is found in the Ludovisi sarcophagus relic sculpture on the hip of the Officer, top center. The Hilt: The Lion's Head Pommel and Grip are hand carved from one piece of Elk Antler, a substitute for Ivory which is illegal for me to carve. The guard is based on an archeological "find". This is my "First" sword and I have kept it for my own collection. I call it the "RHEMA" Sword. It is also what has given me the name of my business: "Rhema Creations LLC."
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    1st Century BC Roman Hispaniensis

    This 1st Century B.C. Roman Hispaniensis was a project for the University of Philadelphia's Museum of Archeology and Anthropology Greek and Roman Exhibit. Working with them for six months to recreate the Hilt which is found in Roman Sculpture in the Domitius Abenobarbus Relief. (There are no known existing Hispaniensis hilts other that in Roman Art.) This hilt has been attempted by other Sword Smiths and Hilt Smiths. In researching the Sculpture we took a different approach which I believe turned out beautifully. The blade (supplied by the museum) I believe was originally made by Mark Marrow. I reground it and removed about 1 lb. 6 oz. and brought the blade into a better balance. The Hilt is completely hand carved from Premium White Holly. The Inset Guard Plate and Pommel Finial are hand made from Bronze. I am also adding the pictures that were supplied to me as a reference to how I worked this design through artistic interpretation.
  10. Here is one of my latest 1st Century Roman Centurion Gladii of the Fulham Style. Made to historical measurements and materials. Some is Historically Accurate and portions of it are made / customized to the customization desires of my client. Everything is created by hand right here in my shop. 1075 High Carbon Steel Fully tanged and peened hilt. Inset Brass Guard Plate and Pommel Finial. The guard grip and pommel are hand carved in African Blackwood Ebony. The Grip is hand carved from Italian Olive Wood. The Augustus Capricorn Denarii Coin i created as a replica of a real coin. The Coin and the brass rings in the guard are hand cast in my shop with the lost wax process. This client is a Roman Reenactor who portrays a Centurion. His character is 3rd Generation Roman Legionary whose family has a Celtic background. The story behind the sword is that it was an "Award Sword" that was Awarded to his Grandfather from Caesar Augustus for "Valor on the Battlefield." Thus the inset Augustus Capricorn Coin. The Guard and pommel are hand carved in the style of pieces that are found in the Vindonissa Museum with the "Added" embellishments of the Celtic knots. (Not historically accurate, but customized and personalized for the client). The inset Guard Plate is also engraved for personalization for the client with his Characters Legion Number.
  11. Here is one of my latest 1st Century Roman "Mainz" Gladius and Scabbards. Made to historical measurements and materials. Everything is created by hand right here in my shop. 1075 High Carbon Steel Fully tanged and peened hilt. Inset Bronze Guard Plate and Pommel Finial. The guard grip and pommel are hand carved in Black Walnut. The Grip is a six-sided chiseled finger grip carved from Blood Maple harvested in the 1870's. The scabbard has Veg-tanned leather over wood core. All of the metal pieces are brass. I create the historically accurate repousse~ raised and chased Locket Plate. The Suspension rings and Chape Finial are cast in brass with the lost wax process. The Guard plate is also engraved to personalize the piece for my client.
  12. Here is one of my latest 1st Century Roman "Fulham" Gladius and Scabbards. Made to historical measurements and materials. Everything is created by hand right here in my shop. 1075 High Carbon Steel Fully tanged and peened hilt. Inset Brass Guard Plate and Pommel Finial. The guard grip and pommel are hand carved in European Boxwood (Bauxwood). The scabbard has Veg-tanned leather over wood core. All of the metal pieces are brass. I create the historically accurate repousse~ raised and chased Locket Plates. The Chape is Repousse~ with cut-aways. The Suspension rings and Chape Finial are cast in brass with the lost wax process. The Guard plate is also engraved to personalize the piece for my client.
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    Setting Up Shop Dilemma

    Go to Dublin... it's a safer bet! Lol
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    Setting Up Shop Dilemma

    Jeremy Blohm... I am north of you in Manistee... straight up 31.
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    Setting Up Shop Dilemma

    Hello all... I have been working on revamping my shop to make it run more efficiently. I have a few dilemmas with cold temperatures and winter on the way. I will try to address my needs and requests for advice. I live in northern Michigan just a mile from Lake Michigan. We can have brutal winters and mild winters. It have been said that where we live is the second most difficult place in the world to predict the weather. My current shop is 19' x 20'. It was originally a carriage house in the 1800's. It was added on to in 1940 to make it a garage. It is drywalled and insulated with a new cement floor 2 years ago. It has an entry door on the west and two 8' solid wood and windowed doors that lift to open. It has a hip roof. I am currently trying to figure out the best place for a forging area. I have a wood burning franklin stove that chimney pipes through a metal panel where there was a window. If all goes well, I will be adding to the front of the garage in the spring/summer of 2019. But for now I want to be able to keep working through the winter. I have a number of 8' corrugated panels from a local barn I can use, and I also have a good amount of red brick that can be used as a fire barrier. With that said, here are my thoughts, concerns and needs for advice. I have a three burner propane forge. I also have all of the materials to build a 42" inside dimension Heat Treating oven that I was planning on using for tempering swords big and small. For clarity, please answer using the Dilemma Number. Dilemma #1 Propane verses Electric Heat Treating oven. The oven will reach 2300 F. Do you think it can be used as a forge as well as a heat treating oven? Dilemma #2 Pertains to the answers from #1. If I create a forging area for propane... then I will need to vent with some type of overhead hood which is possible in this set up but I have a low ceiling. I would have to tie into the chimney pipe of the franklin wood burning stove and have some sore of exhaust fan on the forge side. If I am able to use the Electric oven to forge, then this may eliminate the need for the hood ventilation. Problem is... I will need 220 in the shop to run the Oven. Which is doable... but more long term/when I build on. Suggestions are welcome. I am trying to go as cost effective as possible for short term. Both Propane and Electric will have it's challenges and it's delays. Any inside, experience or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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