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Dax Looney

First sword designs

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So, I'm new at this. I've only ever done a couple of blades (not even finished, just rough forged :P ) out of rail spikes. I have no time period for the beginning of these things, but I've been following Rob Toneguzzo's and Josh Weston's sword topics and they got me itching to at least draw something up. So I did.

 

Since it's the forum's fault that I've gotten the itch for this, I thought I'd show it the consequences of its actions :lol:

 

First, I have a hilt design for a very basic blade. I think it's a rapier based on dimensions of the blade, but I don't have a blade length yet.

 

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Next is my personal favourite. I'm not sure about the classification of this one, but I like it already. I think it'll be my first damascus blade. (I'm an ambitious little devil :P ) Dimensions are: 27" overall; 20" blade length; 2" blade width, tapering to a tip that's 1.5" wide and 0.5" long; The blade will be about 0.25" thick.

 

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Any criticism is welcomed! I have no idea how to design a blade this big, so feedback from anyone who does will be GREATLY appreciated.

 

PS: I didn't realize the images were upside down until I uploaded them to my blog. Ah, well. Too late now. :lol:

 

 

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Your 2nd design looks really good! The first is not on, too square and sharp edged? Swords should be able to flow, gracefull lines, think 'ballerina' or you may as well go for a brutal battle axe.... My humble opinion, the 2nd looks slim, balanced and far out!!! I like it...

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Thanks Miles!

 

I plan on making the second one for sure; the first one, I'm going to wait until I can come up with a more complete idea for it. I completely understand what you mean about the gracefulness of swords, and the first blade certainly doesn't have that flowing grace.

 

Now to make a gas forge, get some forge welding practice, and get to work!

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