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Dave Stephens

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That one begs to be wielded... just looks like it would feel good in the hand.

 

And I love the ebony.

 

Fantastic work.

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Thanks for all the kind words, guys.

 

Here are the specs:

 

35" Blade. 46" OAL.

 

Weight: Just slightly under 4 lbs

 

Point of Balance: 3 1/8" in front of the guard

 

Forward Pivot Point: 10.5" from the tip

 

Forward Vibrational Node: 10" from the tip

 

Distal taper from .23 at the base, to .14 just in front of the end of the fuller, to .09 just behind the tip

 

And, finally, a shot of me holding it:

 

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Happy to be done! I'm off to clean my shop, paint the floor, and start planning the next project.

 

Cheers!

 

--Dave

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Cool pic!! Nice to hold a sword you made in hand, isn't it!

 

Interesting how forward pivot point and vibration node fall together... did you plan that? I personally would have drawn the pivot point closer to the tip but it's hard to say without holding the sword in hand. How does she handle? How's the point control?

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Lukas --

 

Yes, I did want the forward pivot point a bit further forward (not at the point, but a few inches behind was what I was aiming for). One of the things about pommels is that it's easy to remove material . . . hard to put it back on. I ground a bit too much away and as a result the pivot moved back a few inches more than I was hoping for.

 

Peter makes it look easy in his demos. It's actualy quite a trick to align a pivot precisely. I'm still learning!

 

--Dave

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt

http://stephensforge.com

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Lukas --

 

Yes, I did want the forward pivot point a bit further forward (not at the point, but a few inches behind was what I was aiming for). One of the things about pommels is that it's easy to remove material . . . hard to put it back on. I ground a bit too much away and as a result the pivot moved back a few inches more than I was hoping for.

 

Peter makes it look easy in his demos. It's actualy quite a trick to align a pivot precisely. I'm still learning!

 

--Dave

 

I hear you... harmonic balance is a b***h like that and getting it right takes a lot of practice and careful experimenting. And yeah, Peter does it with an ease that's downright scaring :blink:

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I cannot say how much I love this sword! Definitely gives me drive to work harder and keep practicing! As soon as I get the rest of my supplies to build the forge in the mail, I will be able to forge again!

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves."
--Henry David Thoreau

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I don't know what I could possibly add to what has already been said but it's times like these that make me feel a bit like Salieri spoken in the movie Amadeus; I am the patron saint of mediocrities. I always totter between inspiration and resignation when I see work like this but I haven't quit yet and don't plan to.

Denis

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