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[WiP] Swiss sword


Michal Plezia

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Hello folks :)

 

I've recently started working on the swiss short sword inspired by examples from 15/16th century.

 

 

Since it survived the heat treating I decided to share it.

 

Before HT

 

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Current state after HT (lots of hand polishing ahead :ph34r: )

 

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Love this! Swiss designs are something that more people seem to be exploring lately, I am very inspired by it.

Just wondering, is this a forged blade? Looks awesome either way, looking forward to seeing the hilt!

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Nice sword. Looking forward to seeing it finished!

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Those guards are so cool!

Is there an advantage to having the guard sloping away? I don't know much about fighting with swords, but usually I see them sloping towards the blade so they "catch" enemy blades. I this more of a civilian blade?

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On 2.03.2017 at 1:55 PM, Wesley Alberson said:

Those guards are so cool!

Is there an advantage to having the guard sloping away? I don't know much about fighting with swords, but usually I see them sloping towards the blade so they "catch" enemy blades. I this more of a civilian blade?

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I've never owned a sword with this style of the hilt, so I can't tell you about advantages or disadvantages. Anyway long versions of those sword were also used in military, as some iconography suggests.

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Progressing slowly...

BTW I have a question about the grip. Is it better to make it from one piece of wood or from 2 halves? I usually make grips from one piece but in this case I consider hot peening the pommel first and then gluing 2 pieces of wood.

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I would go with 2 pieces wood, and inlet the wood like in the picture Michael showed. Two halves, each inlet into the guard and pushed together from the side.

 

The downward sweeping guard was a stylish thing on baselards, hollbein daggers, and such. The Nazi's ruined it for us for a number of years, by using that style on some of their daggers.

 

I am excited to see this. I love baselards (and I am worth more than a leek, too, even though I don't carry one).

 

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Looking good! Personally, I would probably make it from one piece, but the two halves method is completely valid as well. A lot of people do that when they're going to leather wrap the grip. 

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On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:54 AM, peter johnsson said:

Looking good! About the grip: The ones I have seen in reality have always had wood grips that were slipped on, not made by sandwich method.
Looking forward to seeing the end result!

So it is decided :) Thanks for the advice guys. 

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Nice! This is shaping up to be an awesome sword B)

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