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In another topic I document the progress of a rapier blade, here I will post pics and progress of a hilt that I wanted to make for a long time but did not dare because of the incredible time and effor

It is coming along slowly, yet steadily. I am already dreaming of fish monsters and acanthus leaves  Here you can see the tools I mostly use: Fine files and the graver The m

I love it when it all comes together and one can see that all the hours of work finally pay off... I cut two pieces of wood for the handle (some kind of akazia, don't know exactly, I got it from

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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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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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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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