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jake cleland

Romano-Celtic short sword

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and as further proof that you can have ADD without the H, here's a not particularly historical Romano-Celtic short sword i started on today - 14" 1095 blade, antler and ebony handle, should end up about 20" over all. the design is really just a place-holder on this one - just gonna play with it and see what looks right...

 

romano-celtic short sword wip 1.jpg

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handle elements roughed out, bar the pommel/peening block and guard plate. hoefully get it heat treated once it gets dark...

 

romano-celtic short sword wip 2.jpg

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clayed up:

 

romano-celtic short sword clay.jpg

 

 

 

and after the first temper cycle

 

romano-celtic short sword temper.jpg

 

tomorrow: straightening and grinding...

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blade tempered 2x at 425f, and then over night descending from 400f to 325f, straightened, and ground down to sharp at 100 grit. now i have to grind it through 180 grit to 320 grit ready for foundation polishing, and drill and set reinforcing/locating rods through the various handle parts, make the guard plate and peening block/pommel and that'll be this one done until i get it over to Orbost for polishing/carving etc.

 

romano-celtic short sword ground.jpg

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This is going to be excellent, I can tell already. B)

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Looks great

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Nice, real nice!

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That is so much nicer than the other short sword I've seen. Beautiful attention to detail.

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I missed the beginning of this post. Almost glad I did, I got to see the work further along and all at once.

I am enthralled with this sword, the blend of Roman and Celtic influences really speak to me.

Can't wait to see the final product.

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I'd stay and compliment the work but I gotta go get a bucket to drool in first.

Edited by John Rosendahl

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you are doing great work on this one. What steel is the blade? You got a very notare-ish (wavy) hamon with a rather straight layout of clay. I am guessing it wasn't 1075 and probably not W2. Just guesses, though.

 

I have had some serious problems trying to get hamons on longer double-edged blades (always getting too much distortion at the turnback/tip).

 

well done! thanks for sharing the process with us.

kc

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Looking great!

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This is looking great Jake.

Kevin, the blade is 1095 (see first post)

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