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Florian F Fortner

WIP Chiseled Manieristic Rapier Hilt

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Here are the first rounds of chiseling the pommel. To begin with, I draw the outlines with permanent marker, then remove the background in two rounds (appr. 1mm deep). The I even out the background with a ballpoint chisel (also to improve contrast for the further work). Actually this is quite fast, thought it will take much longer - thanks to pneumatic engravers :D

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Thanks for the praise guys!

Today I started moving the metal with a stipling chisel. It makes the difference between "clean cut" and "organic look". I found this technique online, by a master engraver called Carl Bleile - this project is a thourough learning experience :D

After that, one final step of smoothing the surfaces should get it done.

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Finally I had the time to take some pictures of the finished sword. It had already some sparring and fighting time, so not brand new anymore... ;)

Only the turkshead knots are still missing! :angry:

 

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Oh wow.  Do you have more shots of the basket and pommel?  Please say yes.  It's eye candy.

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12 hours ago, Florian F Fortner said:

Only the turkshead knots are still missing!

What? It’s going to get better? Cool.

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This has turned out amazing.

If I only saw the finished pictures I would say that it was a period original.

 

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Outstanding work!

It was a pleasure to go through the thread and enjoy all careful and thoughtful steps in the process.
Thank you for taking the time to document it: very valuable addition to the forum.

 

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I gotta git on the bandwagon here too, an  OUTSTANDING !!  effort and thank you for sharing the process.....B)

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On 12/21/2017 at 4:02 AM, Florian F Fortner said:

Finally I had the time to take some pictures of the finished sword. It had already some sparring and fighting time, so not brand new anymore... ;)

Swords always look better after they have been put through there paces. 

The whole project looks great and I'm saving this for inspiration for later. 

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A big "thank you" to all the kind and encouraging replies! I got a lot of info from this great forum (especially heat treating and such) that posting this for others is a pleasure. Will try to do this with further projects too!

 

 

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Very cool project! Really well done!

Truly inspirational, gives me an itch to engrave a hilt :D

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Holy smokes. I wantes to make a sidesword with a similar hilt, now I am kind of scared...

 

Awesome job!

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Amazing work! A lot of valuable information here that will help me alot with my current rapier project :-) Thank you!

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What a tough engraving 

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