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Michal Plezia

[WiP] Swiss sword

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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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I like the hilt you have drawn for it, not many people are making those now! Ought to be a wicked fast little thing...

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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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I like :)

 

I do suggest you make the end piece a bit smaller though, it will improve the handling significantly. That wide and inwards curving it will restrict the hand positions very noticeably.

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@Collin the blade was made by stock removal. The only forging was done to straighten the blank.

 

@Lukas you are right. I plan to change the handle design to become more like this:

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I've done some cleaning after HT. I've also redesigned the handle. I have a crossguard roughly forged already. The picture does not show the current state but at least you can see the handle design.

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I am eagerly watching your progress.  It's looking great :)

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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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Looks good, keep at it... :)

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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!

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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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Good choice on going with the single piece handle. I did mine the same way, worked just fine.

Also, nice heart :D

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On 15.04.2017 at 7:38 PM, Lukas MG said:

Good choice on going with the single piece handle. I did mine the same way, worked just fine.

Also, nice heart :D

Exactly this happens when your little daughter enters the workshop ;)

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Looking good. Bit too advanced for me ATM lol once I get these knives coming out how I want every time I might move onto something similar to this. Great inspiration for me. Thank you for sharing.

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It looks good! What is left? It looks like all you have to do is contour and finish the handle, peen it on, and sharpen the blade.

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Looking clean! I love those lines

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

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Very nice! That blade has some crisp lines, looks great.

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Look schweet - nearly there? 

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