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Hello everyone!!! This post is a little long, because it tells the story of a love at first sight that began a few years ago, when I first saw an XVIIIc of Alexandria's arsenal. I was seeing her and wanting to have her. It takes some years to acquire the necessary skills to try to build it. Here is the result.

I first obtained a facsimile of the Park Lane Arms catalog as a guide.



Since the described sheet of only 4 mm was as fine as it was strong, we started with a steel cut silhouette 1070, tempered and straightened, which remained at 55 RC.



Then, I started making the concave bevels in the belt sander with a curved back with a wide radius, to achieve a just center to edge emptying.

He was controlling the distal taper without touching the forte and reaching 2.5 mm at the tip


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I finished the central bevels by hand. the thickness of the edge is 0.7 mm in the strong and low to 0, 3 in the percussion point.

I was ready for defense and Pommel.

A little ornament with gold inlays and a Venetian silver coin from the year 1400, but minted today!











then we start with the wooden hilt covered with thread and upper leather.

Once ready, it was sharpened and polished.



I started with the scabbard in a livable way with two wooden caps emptied with a trail of wool fillet inside and vegetable tanned leather 2 mm thick.

we choose a suitable renaissance motif to chisel on the surface of the leather, once ready, we dye and wax the surface irregularly







then we prepare the chappel  with a simple engraving. And here is the result.




As always, I say that the next one will be better.

The measures are as follows:  blade lengt  88 cm, blade width  75 mm , weight  1400 grs ,  pp 55 cm,  pb 12.5 cm. It feels light and agile in the hand. 



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The alexandria swords are some of the most beautiful swords I know of, and you seem to have captured their elegance quite well.

I also really like the hollow grinding set-up, I wonder if something like that would work for kitchen knives.

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Beautiful work - a true work of art.  I agree with Pieter about the platten mod for hollow grinding.

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Yup, what Will said...............;)

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