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WIP 15th century bauernwehr / rugger.


Michal Plezia
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Hello,


I want to share with you my current project. The design is based on late 15th century bauernwehrs/ruggers.

Total lenght will be around 40cm, blade lenght is circa 26,5 cm.

I used NZ3 tool steel (vert tough and shock resistant). The blade is already profiled and tempered. It is differentially hardened (edge quench). Maybe the hamon will be visible.

The next step is to give it a nice satin finish and make a handle. I plan to make some interesting detailes like decorated pin and multilayer forge welded cap. I already have a prototype of the pin. We'll see if I can solder it properly. ;)



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I agree with Alan. That looks very much like the (few) originals I have seen, with the little button on the back of a full-tang to rivet the pommel plate down. I have never made that particular design, but it is definitely on my, "to do," list.

 

thanks for sharing. Keep us posted. I am eager to see how this comes out.

 

kc

please visit my website http://www.professorsforge.com/

 

“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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Cool! I'm actually in the designing phase with a Bauernwehr as well. I find it interesting that you left the "full tang" rectangular, going with a "modern" knife grind. I was under the impression that the originals' tangs tapered in thickness towards the edge side as well. But I may well be wrong there, still have a lot of research to do on these.

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Cool! I'm actually in the designing phase with a Bauernwehr as well. I find it interesting that you left the "full tang" rectangular, going with a "modern" knife grind. I was under the impression that the originals' tangs tapered in thickness towards the edge side as well. But I may well be wrong there, still have a lot of research to do on these.

 

I was inspired mainly by this one: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=21619&p=201349

 

It is so corroded that it is hard judge how exactly was it grinded. Anyway you may be right with that tapering...

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wow - thanks for the link/document. I can't read it, but the pictures are easy enough to translate!

 

kc

please visit my website http://www.professorsforge.com/

 

“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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Wow, almost a year since last update :blink: I had some major changes in my life during last several months and have almost no time to spend at workshop. Anyway I am still alive and (very) slowly make a progress with this project.

 

@Lukas MG was right about "modern" look of the grind, so I decided to regrind it. Making such changes in the middle of the project is tricky and I had a hard time fitting the bolsters.

I used apple wood for scales, brass tubes and handmade brass hollow pin.
Now I am working on the sheath (with inner lining). I hope it won't take another year to finish it :lol:

 

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Looks super awesome! The more bauernwehrs I see the more I like them. Almost seems like they're becoming the new seax.

“If you trust in yourself. . . believe in your dreams. . . and follow your star. . . you will still get beaten by the people who have spent their time working hard and learning things, the people who weren't so lazy.” ~ Terry Pratchett

 

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Fantastic!! That looks absolutely great. The mosaic pin is a nice touch. And I believe changing the grind was the correct way to go ;)

I'm just finishing mine, lol :D Will post pics tomorrow. The forum needs more of these! They are so much cooler than seaxes!

(now don't kill me, I just never really liked those guard-less viking knives and I've never had a thing for pattern welding either though I of course bow to the skills of those making them)

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It is finished! :D

 

Total length 40 cm

Blade length 26,5 cm

NZ3 steel, apple wood handle, hollow brass pins.

 

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@Derrick My rugger was inspired by some originals like http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=21619&p=201349and also outstanding reproductions by Fabrice Cognot.
However it is not an exact copy of any specific existing piece.

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Nailed it...:)

Wonderful work, I need to make one of these some day.

George Ezell, bladesmith

" How much useful knowledge is lost by the scattered forms in which it is ushered to the world! How many solitary students spend half their lives in making discoveries which had been perfected a century before their time, for want of a condensed exhibition of what is known."
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that is just great! I have also been a fan of Fabrice's work. This is one of the best looking of these I have seen. I especially love the way you did the end cap and the nagel.

 

bravo!

please visit my website http://www.professorsforge.com/

 

“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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