Dave Stephens Posted March 6, 2014 Share Posted March 6, 2014 All: This may be a stupid question. I'm planning my next project (a Scottish Dirk), and am having a hard time determining from photos/drawings of artifacts if the profile of the early 17th century dirk blades were symmetrical, or of a subtle "drop point" profile you might see on a longsax, for example. I've imported photos into illustrator to attempt to measure this, but the subtle differences between the blade profile edges could be attributed to either the angle of the camera taking the photo or craftsmanship issues. Likewise, illustrations that show some lopsidedness could just be from the fact that they seem to be hand drawn illustrations. Also complicating the problem are the fullers that appear on one side of these blades, which causes the eye to see it as more lopsided than it really is. Thanks for any advice! Dave Example of the type of blade shape in which I'm interested: -----------------------------------------------"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelthttp://stephensforge.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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