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My grandfather was gifted this Stone cast bronze sword by some of his students, but as it doesn't have a handle he asked me to give it one.

My grandparents are very historical minded, my grandmother is a historian, so I really would like to put a historically accurate handle on this sword. That said I'm not sure what kind of sword this is, other than something from the Greek/Roman era. Any insights are very appreciated, on style, material, ect... What really has me stumped is that the front two pin holes are on a thick domed surface and I'm not sure what to do with that because I'm a little hesitant to take it to the grinder.

Demensions are...

21 1/2" overall length.

3 1/2" from the top of the front two pin holes to the back of the handle.

1" wide at the widest part of the handle.

Again, any and all help is appreciated. Happy Easter, and thanks for looking.

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I’m sure someone with more knowledge will chime in soon but ITM you may want to look at this thread to get an idea.

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That is the very thread you need.  Or just ask Jeroen or Ibor.  They are the bronze age gurus.

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Thank you for that link. That answered my question about how to work around the domed area.

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Don't forget to post a pic when you're finished.

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Went through some serious head banging moments with getting the fit right, but it turned out to be really fun once I got it started right. I used Applewood for the handle, they were the only blocks of wood I had around that were wide enough to work, and brass pins. The two top holes in the tang were unfortunately drilled lopsided before I received the blade. I attached the pommel by pins and epoxy.

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Elegantly shaped handle for an elegantly shaped blade! You're getting better and better! 

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I might have made the pommel just a little smaller but that could just be me but you did a great job either way.

Doug

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7 hours ago, Doug Lester said:

I might have made the pommel just a little smaller but that could just be me but you did a great job either way.

Doug

I kinda feel the same way, but it feels good in the hand and since the blade is as heavy as it is it seems to give a sense of balance when you hold it, so that's why I decided to leave it.

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You are rockin' Faye! That is some sweet work fitting that together.

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I only just see this thread now. You're not far of, but some differences in shape were used with regards to the pommel shape and the hilt ending. Of the Ewart Park style sword, several examples have been found where the hilt was made either partially or entirely of (hollow) bronze, which show what the hilt shapes would have been. 

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And there's also one with horn hilt plates remaining, but the pommel not preserved. I've reproduced that hilt on one of my Ewart Park swords (blade cast by Neil Burridge).

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3 hours ago, Jeroen Zuiderwijk said:

You're not far of, but some differences in shape were used with regards to the pommel shape and the hilt ending.

So less like a baseball more like a mushroom:D

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1 hour ago, Faye said:

So less like a baseball more like a mushroom:D

Hard to say for sure. Those old ones may have gotten flattened out during a few battles...….:D

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12 hours ago, Faye said:

So less like a baseball more like a mushroom:D

Exactly, and a bit oval in top view. 

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