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Morgul Holdout Stilletto

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Well, now for something a bit different. I came up with this idea watching the Lord of the Rings movies, and was picturing the head Nazgul (the Witch King) hanging around the Black Tower playing poker with his minions. I wondered what sort of weaponry such a gambler might employ to deal with a minion who was winning too frequently. I don’t picture a Nazgul as being a very good loser. Here’s the result of that muse…..Oh, yes, it's 8 inches long and made from 1/4 inch square W1 carbon steel and 24k gold.

 

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I’ve (loosely) based the sheath on the Bell Dirks. For those few of us not familiar with them, Bell Dirks are contemporaries of of the famous Bowie knives, and were highly decorated, long slim daggers typically carried by gamblers and other “gentlemen.” The sheaths had a “frog” (button) that was intended to be worn by slipping the dagger inside the waistband of the trousers, and the “frog” buttoned into a vest buttonhole, thus keeping the handle of the dagger easily at hand.

 

You can see an ad nauseum, 5-part blow-by-blow description of the process at my blog starting here: http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/?p=2374

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Tom

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Oh, this is awesome! The dark side is as great a source of inspiration as any for some really creative stuff, and this is top notch craftsmanship! I have and unrelated project from the dark side, in the works, as well... I am just doing some research at the Miskatonic University library, getting my grasp on a few artifacts for inspiration ;)

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Impressive, I've never had a cube twist look good at 1/4" but yours looks great. I think i see the trick now too, at that small scale i kept trying to keep my cube twist with 'cubes' and I was making too many small 1/8" cuts, your longer not totally square ones look a lot better at that scale.

 

I love your carving!!

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That's just amazing! I've got to learn a lot more about that handle! Superb...

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Wow..very cool

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Its really wonderful to see the mix of forging and high quality carving.

thats quite a piece .

good work.

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Well done Tom...good concept and execution.

Having just spent some days with Bob Weinstock and now seeing your work makes me wish to carve a bit...I'll sit down till the feeling passed of course, but...

 

Ric

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What Owen and Ric said. Too cool!

 

Of course, Bell's sheaths were coin silver... ;) I bet a blackened and polished silver sheath would look REALLY good with that, hint hint... B)

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Yup. Cool. ;)

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That's a darn sweet little poker poker. :D

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Wicked! That is an incredible cube twist, it looks so natural to the flow of the metal with the non cube corner left in tact. Awesome project all around :)

 

John

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that is a great piece. Just love the inspiration and design.

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I've been watching this come to life on your blog, good to see it done.... darkly beautiful.

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So incredibly executed. :)
Love it

 

Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks, guys! I'm stunned by your responses, and humbled by the number of really excellent bladesmiths who have chosen to comment on this tiny thing. I really appreciate the feedback!

 

Thanks,

 

Tom

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@tsterling,That's awesome work you did,I would really like to see how you did all of that.

I only hope to be half as good as you are one day :)

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I would really like to see how you did all of that.

Hi Cook,

Thanks for the kind words. You can see sort of a step by step here: http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/?p=2374

 

This one was a lot of fun, and a little bit of a headache. I did discover W1 doesn't like to be bent while cold - my first try at the cube twist went really well, but there was a tiny little unstraight place at the pommel end. It just needed the tiniest of bends, and after all, the steel had been heated quite hot for the twisting and should have been soft...snap! I suspect W1 does a little bit of air-hardening, so it was on to the second try.....

 

Tom

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Once in a while something wicked this way comes.

I see a lot of knives and blades and 99.9% just make me go "Meh". This is one in a thousand, I had to follow the link to see how you did the twist and now I am going back to the first post to take a second look.

Tom, very well done.

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Thanks, guys!

 

Tiaan, I was just admiring your little bark friction kozuka, very nicely done. Here's a link to a nice Youtube video about the cube twist that got me started:

 

Tom

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@tsterling,that was a awesome video, thanks for sharing that. And thank you for the links on your site as well :):):)

I look forward to warm weather so I can try some of this stuff out :)

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