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Bjorn Gylfason

A couple of messer WIP

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Making messers for two of my nephews as time allows. As they will at most be used to saber champagne bottles I wasn't too concerned with making them very historical so the blades are quite thin at the shoulder at 4mm but still taper down to 2mm at the clips but still more beveling to do on them

 

Mostly using them to play with different crossguard designs to make them not too similar

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Those look great! Based on the thickness at the base, I'd bet they're pretty light too. B)

 

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Nice!

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off to a great start on those. looking great.

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Got some time in to work on those today. Decided it was about time to try out putting a fuller on something. In hindsight it might have been a good idea to practice on some scraps first but I don't usually think that far

 

They are a bit wavy but will try to smooth them out 

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And here's the first one finished

 

Was originally going to have the wood scales go the whole length of the handle but then got the idea of using ebony and blackening the hilt but just had a 12cm long block of ebony in my drawer so I had to improvise.

 

overall length is 76cm and the blade is 56cm long. the edges were left almost 1mm thick for legality reasons so it is a bit heavy at 950 grams

 

and now I just have to find the time to finish the other one

 

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Very nice!  

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that is nice. what was the style on fullers going under the guards on originals? it may not have mattered, but it may. Different cultures were very firm with this (Chinese would not dare, Europeans do about half the time, Japanese do not I believe). That is a very good looking messer.

 

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On 4/22/2020 at 2:53 AM, Kevin Colwell said:

that is nice. what was the style on fullers going under the guards on originals? it may not have mattered, but it may. Different cultures were very firm with this (Chinese would not dare, Europeans do about half the time, Japanese do not I believe). That is a very good looking messer.

 

 

From what little I have seen of originals it seems to depend on period with the earlier ones running the fuller under the guard but I am far from expert on it.

 

And thank you, my nephew was quite pleased with it too :)

 

 

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As I was struggling to get decent fullers on the previous one it only made sense to go for double fullers on the second one :rolleyes:

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Twice the fun!

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Finally gave myself some time to finish up the second one.

 

Intentionally left file marks and imperfections on it to try and make it look a little more authentic but that's going to take a lot more practice to get just right.

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