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For my forth forged blade, I was thinking about making a nice big bush knife, or some other big chopping implement. however, after looking at the many amazing blades from Andy and David at the Mad Dwarf Workshop, and the three amazing swords Scott Roush has recently made, I decided to make a short sword. I think that the best way to learn is by doing, and i have learned a lot from this project. Although there are quite a few flaws, I'm still pretty proud of it.

 

 

The blade is 14" long, and made out of an old, broken Nicholson file found in a creek. the wrought iron guard has been hot fit to the tang.

 

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I was expecting it to be hard to forge in that central ridge, but it was actually pretty easy

 

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not perfectly straight, and i wanted some distal taper, but its still pretty good I guess.

 

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Thats all for now, I'm going sort of slow because I want to do it right, my dad's been joking that at this rate, i might finish it in a few years... But, I think It'll be done soon.

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go for it, man. Have a little fun. This will be a challenge. I suggest you drawfile to get everything flat and the ridge straight and sharp. People can do this with grinders, but I personally can't. Blades this long are too easy to tip just a little and get a divot. Great forging. Keep us posted.

kc

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Thanks everyone! I actually finished forging this yesterday, and heat treated it last night. Those pics were prior to HT.

 

Kevin, Thanks for the advice, I established the ridge with a draw file, then moved onto the grinder, and I think i got pretty straight bevels.

 

Scott, I think I already am addicted :) I like to set really unrealistically complicated goals, and even if I don't come anywhere near them, I've still learned much more than if I stayed within my comfort zone. For example, blade #5 is going to be a multi-bar, pattern welded seax from homemade bloom steel... :D

 

Anyway... here it is after a little work on the grinder.

 

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The handle's going to be nice and thin...

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Oh, heres the quick sketch I made before starting, when I made the guard for real, I curved it a little bit, but other than that, its pretty much exactly what I'm planning it will look like.

 

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Dillon,

lookin' good. Here is a tip someone gave me a few years ago (then I later read it on Don's site): before you try to get a really sharp ridge, especially down the center of a blade, grind a small but even and smooth flat down the area where the ridge will be. Then, file or grind the ridge in. Doing this first makes it so there are less wobbles from side to side and less dips to fight.

 

Not always practical, but with some shapes it is easy to do this first.

 

keep us posted.

kc

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  • 4 months later...

Embarrassingly, I must admit, I finished this nearly a month ago, but between school, work, and being with friends, I've had no time to photograph and post pictures. However, today I found a brief bit of time to do what I've been putting off for a month or so. Granted, they are not by any means quality pictures, and I'm not quite as proud of the end result as I could be. The polishing is a bit sub par, there are a few scratches near the guard, and the blade has lost some (ok, most) of its crisp ridge. This was due in part by carelessness, mostly working later in the evening when there is little light to work by and exhaustion is beginning to grip me. Also, I really just wanted to get it done so I could run around and cut stuff!! As far as the handle and the guard, I'm perfectly proud of that portion of the sword B) Everything fits nicely, is aligned, and its riveted together solidly.

 

Overall, I guess I am a little proud of it, it may not be perfect, but after all, it is my 4th forged knife, and of course, first sword. And man is it fun to hold in the hand! it feels poised, balanced, and has a nice ring when the blade is taped. I am absolutely certain that this will not be my only sword, many plans for future blades have already been made. Lastly, I'd really like to thank all of you who have been helping and giving advice. I cant tell you how much Iv'e learned on this forum, and even this one project in particular.

 

One last WIP pic:

Curly maple handle, leather spacers, and wrought fittings

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and the finished blade

Blade:

14" long

13/4" at the widest

1/8" thick along most of the blade

 

19 1/2" overall length

 

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