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  1. Here's shots of the extra "fuss" mentioned previously. I'm calling this done aside from sharpening.
  2. Thanks for asking Geoff. 21.75" blade, 30.25" OAL, 1.75" blade width. It has a nice thick medial ridge that I will measure once I get a new battery for my calipers. 2.4lbs using the old school bathroom scale method as I don't have a scale suitable for this. *edit: .28" thickness
  3. Roman Pompeii style takedown gladius complete (minus some extra fuss on the pommel nut/plate). 21.75" blade, 30.25" OAL. The sword feels purposeful in the hand and ready to work. This was a challenging build for me, and I'm already daydreaming about my next large project. Thanks to anyone checking this out -- I'd appreciate any feedback. You can follow me on IG @shamulnu for more projects I labor through. Long blades aren't easy to photograph. Dan Carlin (Hardcore History) described the gladius as a "cleaver" in one of his podcasts -- and that seems pretty spot-on.
  4. Dyed the walnut hilt and pommel. Added some texture to the scallops on the pommel. Used potassium permanganate on the elk handle. Made and textured a bronze pommel nut plate(?). Turned a pommel nut, and threaded the tang to 3/8" 16. Left a banner proud on the circumference where I plan to etch my mark. Textured and antiqued the bronze spacer and used structural adhesive to affix it to the hilt. Took the blade to 400 grit + scotchbrite.
  5. Bronze spacer(?) fitted to hilt. Blade sanded to 60grit. Pommel fitted. G-10 dividing the sphere and some filework on the top end.
  6. Walnut hilt and elk handle bedded and rough fit.
  7. Have you considered a tanto?
  8. Survived HT and temper. Post HT clean-up on the grinder. On to hand sanding...
  9. I've been grinding the tip to match the parallel portion of the bevels, but was unsure if there was a distal taper (only on the tip) or something i'm missing.
  10. I cleaned up the bevels and profiled the tip. i'm just about ready for HT. I shortened the blade and tang a bit so it will fit in my oven for temper. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to grind the tip post-HT?
  11. Greetings, This is my first post after lurking a bit. I pestered @Salem Straub on IG after seeing him forge a cool Mainz gladius, and he suggested I post here. I'm slowly working on a Pompeii gladius (first sword), and trying to work out the pommel, handle, hilt details. I plan on having a wooden pommel/hilt (possibly with non-ferrous inlay on hilt) and a bone handle. I've searched the forums, and watched some YouTube. I'm looking for specific details on how the handle (mostly pommel) fit-up to the shoulders of the blade. I could also use suggestions for tang length, and thoughts about how the shoulders should be filed (eg; 90deg or radiused). Here's what i've done thus far... I used a big 'ol leaf spring and forged to pre-form. I want to end up with a thick medial ridge Forging the bevels took a long time. She's just under 2" wide and ~ 24.5" long (blade len). Rough grind pre-HT.
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