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Ythrildagr: An Elven Dagger


JasperDielemans

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Hello all,

 

So the moment has finally arrived, my first proper and fully functional blade! Made from a leaf spring and based on a design by David Delagardelle from Cedarloreforge, who was so kind to give me permission to use it. As you might know, David's designs are a piece of art in itself already, so it's not easy to make a good representation of it three-dimensionally, but I did my best. :)

 

I'm not sure if the design was meant to be elvish, but I thought it could be categorized under that style so I approached it as an elven dagger with all the stories from Tolkien in my head.. So inspiring!

 

I haven't got a forge and a very limited amount of tools, so I painstakingly used nothing but a few files, a handsaw, sanding paper and a drill. First I cut out the outlines of the blade with the handsaw and then shaped it with a file, then I had to file the edges (which was the most work).

 

The handle and scabbard are both from oak coming from the woods nearby. :)

I decided to name it Ythrildagr, a name I came up with myself. I later checked if it existed and it turned out that the Gealic name for dagger is "Dagr", so that was a pretty cool coincidence!

 

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OAL: 33 cm (13")

Blade Length: 18,5 cm (7,2")

Wood: Oak finished with oil (scabbard and handle)

Steel: old leaf spring

 

 

This is the original illustration by David on which I based this dagger (the one at the bottom), I did alter the proportions a little bit but I think you can still see the similarities.

 

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Thanks for taking a look! Let me know what you think. :)

 

- Jasper Dielemans

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Jasper, that is just superb work! Nicely done all round, fit, finish, handle and scabbard!

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Very impressive! As stated before the carving work is top notch! Got to love everything over at Cedarloreforge! I think you did the concept justice!

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Jasper, very well done!!! I also follow Dave's work and have a few knives with his influence in the works! great job thanks for sharing!!!

 

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Very impressive, man!

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

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Jasper,

 

That is just incredible for a first knife, especially the fit and finish!

 

~Bruce~

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Well done. Nice and elegant.

 

Also, for what it's worth, I love the pinecone head in the original drawing! ^_^

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what a fantastic piece of work, i also would never have guessed this was one of your first.

 

i mean look at that fit and finish :blink:

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Very impressive work! The carving and the clean transition between the bolster and the blade are very, very well done.

 

I'd suggest going over the bolster with #00 steel wool and then applying a patina of liver of sulphur to it. I think it would add to the aesthetic. A hamon or a straw/golden heat treat coloring of the blade would also be nice, I think.

 

These are just suggestions of "condiments" to the main course. You've done a fabulous job.

 

Can't wait to see what you'll do next!

 

Dave

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What a beautiful job! I love how you used local material...that adds a special feel to projects like this. Hat off to you for the hours of filing you must have done. What sort of steel did you use, and how about heat treatment?

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That is fantastic work Jasper in every way....I knew you would make great things and I am greatly looking forward to seeing your future works.

"Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes" - Tom HALL - Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon wine.

 

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Really Jasper, that is beautiful work. You should be proud. Considering this is your first, what more is in store? I am looking forward to it.

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Thanks all of you! I see many of you looking forward to my next thing, if everything goes as planned that will be a seax collaboration between me and Karter! :)

 

To Matt: making it took me about two weeks I think? From the untouched leafspring to this.

 

The heat-treat and all was done by a smith living near me, he sorted that part out for me since I am definitely still a rookie with that stuff! :P

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