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Hi all!

 

I have recently made these design drawings. They consist of swords inspired by found celtic artifacts and I then gave it my own twist. :)

 

 

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The left sword is inspired by a Celtic shortsword and is historically correct except for the decoration on it that I designed myself. The sword on the right is a crossing between swords from two completely different times. The model of the sword is a 12th century crusaders sword, while the decoration on it is mostly La Tène Celtic. The throat of the scabbard is also Celtic, but I added the Futhark (Runes). The decoration on the pommel is a horse.

 

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These two pictures contain the same sword. The first picture was my original concept that I've drawn on scale 1 : 1, the whole thing is my own design and isn't inspired on any originals, except for the pommel and the scabbard decoration, which are inspired on a celtic originals. It's a two handed sword with a total length of 140 cm's or 55". In the second picture I designed a different grip for it, inspired on viking decoration. I also designed a wider double grooved blade. The sword is designed for myself, one that I won't sell once I bring it to steel.

 

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Here you can see the original I used for inspiration on the pommel.

 

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In my design I turned around the way to pommel should be fit on the tang. Above you see a picture of a similar pommel to mine but then fitted the way it was used originally. I didn't use this picture in my design, it's just to clear it up :)

 

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A little overview, and some of the materials I've used for designing.

 

I hope you like it! I greatly appreciate comments and critiques.

 

And ooh, there's one thing I am curious about, which of the two designs of the two handed sword would you choose?

 

Have a creative day!

 

Jasper

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First ! Where did you find the picture of that pommel??? It is fantastic and I want to see if

there are any other angles.

Second the designs are great for the two hander if Iwas doing a Celtic motif I would go with

the first one but for personal preference I would say the second which if I

am not mistaken is viking.

 

Keep them coming ! You should get yourself a piece

of wood and start carving it is amazing when start seeing

your designs in 3d

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Hi Geoff!

 

I don't know where I found it, I have a map on my computer containing sword inspiring artifacts that I found over several years and photographed in museums. I know for a fact that this artifact comes from the british museum, you should try and search something about that on google maybe.

Thanks for your compliment on the twohanded, and the reaction to my question! It is indeed viking decoration.

 

There's a windmill nearby that saws logs into planks in the traditional way. They sell beautiful woodtypes. As I am not yet able to fully go smithing it would be a good alternative to make a sword in wood! I am already experienced with woodworking so that would definitely be a nice project. Maybe something for the holidays :)

 

Jasper

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Incredible work Jasper, I really hope to see these come to life in steel. Your knack for drawing has me deeply inspired. If only I had some of your talent!

 

John

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John,

 

what a great compliment you made there! Thank you very much for your appreciation! I feel honoured :)

 

Jasper

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Absolutely breathtaking work Jasper... :)


You have a clear, bold, yet mature easthetic in our lines. Dont let the inspiration on these die out...
See them come to life in steel one way or another! ;)

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Indeed. :blink: Your drawing skills are wonderful, and your mastery of the La Tene style on that first one is not something one sees every day. It's deceptively difficult to get the flow and proportion right on that stuff. For instance, I can't do it myself. Yet... ;)

 

Once you get the skills to put your drawings in three dimensions on wood, bone, antler, and steel, you will be a force to be reckoned with! B)

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Don't stop! Take some blacksmithing classes but in addition, some jewelry classes. Nice work. :)

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Hmm Jewelry smithing would be awesome too! I guess by learning to make jewelry you learn to make unbelievable details on your blades?

 

Jasper

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You have quite alot of skill at drawing. Like everyone else, I hope you continue down this path! Followed the link in your signature as well and I'm really impressed!

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Thank you! I'd be happy to visit you when I have the chance. Is that so? Could you inform me about these smiths?

 

Jasper

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Beautiful designs.

 

I particulary like the blades with multiple fullers.

 

I believe the second inspiration photo you show is a blade by Patrick Barta. If so, you've chosen a great smith to emulate.

 

As many have stated: The vision to create is art. The ability to bring it to life is craft. You have 50% of the journey already complete. Keep going!

 

Luck!

 

--Dave

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