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after seeing Freya's drow fighter i wanted to try my hand at something similar - i've gotten away from doing fantasy pieces, but sometimes they call me back. this design grew out of the idea of using some 1 1/4" o/d monel pipe for a ring guard, and the shapes flowed from that:

 

drow shortsword design 2.jpg

 

the blade will be about 12 or 13", 1/4" 1095, full tang. we'll see how it goes. more later...

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That's going to be a good looking blade when its all done. Plus who said fantasy couldn't be practical.

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Oh wow. Now this is cool. Glad I could be of a little inspiration! :lol:

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I love the sleek elegance you have to the spines of your pieces. It's something I have tried and every time I fail miserably :lol:

Great project, can't wait to see more!

John

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John - when i desig a knife i always start with the line of the spine from butt to tip - to me it's the most importat line, the one which your eye flows along and dictates the rest of the knife.

 

anyway, blade ground and flats textured:

 

drow short sword ground.jpg

 

time to normalise and harden...

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post hardening -hamon's a little lower than i'd hoped - didn't have the balls for a water quench, because the hollow ground edge creates a lot of stree risers, but i think it will look ok...

 

drow short swort h-t.jpg

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Thanks for the tip, Jake, that is probably my first (of many) mistakes B)

I like the stippling on the flat, it gives it all a more ancient feel that I could very easily see in the hands of a drow.

 

John

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got the scales roughed out, and the guard and the rear bolsters fitted:

 

drow short sword scales.jpg

 

and i've since done a bit more shaping to the scales and bolsters, but i won't be able to do much more to it until i get it to my finishing shop and polish the blade so i can solder the guard in place and get a real feel for how it handles...

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this is looking really good

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slightly off topic but what kind of solder do you use for that? Extremely nice look, feels fast, if you know what I mean. excellent hamon on that.

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sweeeet this is turning out very nicely

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I like the design, and thanks for your comments on your design process.

That blade is elegant simplicity. Well designed and executed with decorative elements that compliment the elegance of the flow without distracting from the form.

Great work, cant wait to see the final piece.

James

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