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This is a project/order from the middle of last year. Through much procrastination I am now getting it finished. The blade is forged from 5160. Now when I took it for hardening at a spring works (there is no forge in SA long enough for it) I heated it up to perfect temperature and did a full quench. The tip chips concrete its so tough. However the part of the sword neares the opening of the big oven did not get hot enough and as a result only hardened 2/3 of the length with the softer side towards the handle. I discovered this only after doing the final grind. Now too thin to re harden the blade started to bend when held out straight. At the PWKS Kevin Harvey gave me a suggestion of making blade bracers to stiffen up the softer section. So I drilled hole in the fuller then forged out two rebar bracers. These were then riveted in place and gave much needed strength to the blade. Also made it heavier. I have just finished the hilt and am busy with the Pommel. The handle is away with a guy who does leather weaving. I'll post pics when it gets back. So here are the pics. Hope you enjoy.


By the way, the runes on the hilt read "Hurry to meet death before your place is taken"


Rough forged with forged fuller

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Rough grind

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After HT

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Near final grind

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Me grinding the fuller with my special wheel. I ended up using a wider wheel because the blade was so wide.

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After polish with bracers being fitted

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Riveted up

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Closeup of bracers with step to enable guard to fit snugly

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Guard fitted

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Sheath prep with piggy back for matching dagger

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Handle prep

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Busy with guard

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Guard finished with patina

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All well done! The guard came out beautifully and using the rebar to compensate for the softer metal was an interesting method. I haven't heard of the phrase you chose for the guard before but I like it, I did think that "grow stronger" would have fit the character of the sword nicely as well.

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Love the bracers, don't think I've seen them before. And runes make everything better.

Greg

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lol, i love that quote, from the 13th worrier? also adding the bracers or langes is an interesting way of compensating for the heat treat. but you really made them rough and made more character to the sword.

 

 

 

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Ok so here's the story. I send the customer a pics of the cool guard and blade. He responds positively but says he wants the guard wider with more prominent quillions. More like a barbarian sword. Sure... no problem..... I'll just take the half day of work I did making the guard beautiful and piss it down the drain!! However, cash is king and this is the customers sword (paid for) so I do as he asks. What follows id the bastardisation of the guard i made and its finished result. Oh, and I finished the pommel too.

 

Brace yourself.

 

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Just needs the handle now. I am waiting to get it back from a guy who is weaving some leather over the wood.

 

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Very cool sword, I very much like the original guard but the customer is always right (even when he's wrong).

 

I like your method of grinding the fullers.

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This is wild. Thanks for sharing. Man... I would have flipped on having to re-do that guard. Sounds like communication breakdown... too bad.

 

What are the stats so far??

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This is wild. Thanks for sharing. Man... I would have flipped on having to re-do that guard. Sounds like communication breakdown... too bad.

 

What are the stats so far??

Blade : 1060mm x 65mm x 5mm

Handle : 350mm

Guard : 200mm x 40mm

 

OAL 1260mm

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The Beast and Little Brother in the sling sheath together.


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Pommel reads "Victory or Valhalla"

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Little brother waiting for a handle


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handle all glued up

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Shaped and fitted

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Now just needs its leather wrap

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Love the blade shape on that one!

 

Question: How do you get such a good fit on between the handle and the guard. Do you just have to keep trying it and removing a little more, or do you have some other process to make it fit right?

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Love the blade shape on that one!

 

Question: How do you get such a good fit on between the handle and the guard. Do you just have to keep trying it and removing a little more, or do you have some other process to make it fit right?

Little bit by little bit

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