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Arctic Fire 2016 Blade

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Looking terrific, Dave! I like everything about it. What a wonderful project.

 

I would round over the edges of that guard a bit more though to make it transition more smoothly with the copper spacers.

 

Lukas. . . yes, for sure. There's actually quite a bit of subtle shaping left to do.

 

Thanks!

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Looking great so far, and good luck! I thought about this sword the other day, because my office computer is set to switch desktop wallpapers every five minutes and there's an old black and white image of the sword that inspired this one in the rotation. Massive bronze beast, I look forward to seeing the finished version in steel.

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Looking great so far, and good luck! I thought about this sword the other day, because my office computer is set to switch desktop wallpapers every five minutes and there's an old black and white image of the sword that inspired this one in the rotation. Massive bronze beast, I look forward to seeing the finished version in steel.

Alan: I would love to get a copy of that!

 

I have only a sketch from one book. I was unable to find other documentation of the artifact. Please send me any info you may have on it! Thanks!!

 

Dave

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It's just a scan from page 23 of "Swords and Hilt Weapons," Coe et al. 1993, Barnes and Noble. I made it YEARS ago when the first stirrings of Fiery Beardedness were beginning (it was only Tai, Jake, Jul, me, and Chris at that point) in a thread Jake had about antenna-hilt swords. It's still a copyright infringement to post it, but they are welcome to issue a c&d on it and see if I care.

 

antennae hilts.jpg

 

The caption only says the one NOT the one you're doing is 17.5 inches long, but it is apparent they are not to the same scale. It does say it's from Fermo, Italy and that it had a bronze scabbard with decorations that appear to echo stitched leather, but of course they don't show that. I do wish I knew the report it came from or where further info is available. That book is good for pictures, lousy for references.

 

Edit: Dang, that was over ten years ago that the beard was born... :blink:

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Alan -- Thanks . . . but, alas, that is precisely the same book I discovered it in.

 

Dang, I had hoped I had found a thread to research this more. I saw dozens of antenna hilt bronze swords on my last trip to Europe, but none of them had asymmetrical blades like this one. It's intruiging. I wish I had a place to do more research.

 

Thanks again.

 

Dave

 

PS: My dimensions on this sword are also from that book based on rough scale calculations from the grip proportions of the blade whose length is mentioned. I then upped the scale by 20% because. . . hey, we're in the land of heroes here. It's friggin' Beowulf, and we're killing trolls.

 

Grins,

DS

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Oh hell yeah! It appears that the guy you shipped it to in Alaska has his stuff together better than the one in Florida did (hehe...

Is that an insult or a compliment, hmmm? Seriously,this is a great project. I liked your commentary on the freedom you have since you are not doing ths professionally.

 

I am going to redo the handle on a small knife inspired by the work of Don and Kyle Hanson. I wold have sold it with the miniscule flaw in the bolster that I filed into it if I had to do this to make a living. But, I am free to make a new set, with all f the grinding and polishing that entails.

 

An extra day of work, maybe two - but the piece will look better for the remainder of my life (and beyond, if someone truly cares about it).

 

excellent work! Thanks for sharing

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I just love how you've stepped up your game so consistently over the last few years! What an education you gotten for yourself!

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Thanks, Kevin!

 

JD -- Thanks man. It always seems like there's more to learn. Being in the company of the other AF guys is both a great source of information, and also a great deal of pressure to up one's game.

 

Cheers!

 

Dave

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Dude! You are killing me here!

That thing is alive!

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wow Dave, you got us all drooling. that's a beauty.

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