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Rondel dagger because it's December


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I seem to have a problem with actually finishing stuff I begin on lately, my workshop time has not managed to be the stress reliever it usually is but I did start and finish this in December so yay me.


A pretty middle class rondel dagger I made for a challenge in the WEAPONS fb group.

It's relatively short with a 20cm long blade as I wanted to make something that one might carry in every day life to show off his status rather than a dedicated weapon of war.

The blade itself has a rather interesting shape, a very elongated pentagon cross section with deeply hollow ground main bevels, 7,5mm thick up at the shoulder and is still 3mm thick right before the point where it turns into a strong diamond shape. It makes it both light but incredibly stiff for effective stabbing that is the main function of these daggers.

Rondels and grip are made from multiple sections of brass and ziricote that are fastened together with brass rivets and the whole construction is tightly assembled with the tang peened over a small copper peen block

Overall length is 32,5cm and it weighs 271gram

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And a few process pictures for good measure. This had a lot more parts than I'm used to so getting things lined up was frustrating at times :lol:

 

I'm planning to make a sheath for it but still looking for information on how to go about it as I want it such that the front rondel seats down into it as well.

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A dagger need a sheath and because I hate myself I thought it would be a good idea to make one that covers the front rondel as well :lol:

 

The inner layers are easy enough to mold but templating the outer one and then slowly molding it around the rondel was a long process and my thumbs still hurt.

 

The stitching is not my strong point but I take consolation in the fact it's absolutely horrendous on so many originals as well.

 

Next up is making a chape for it

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Wish I had the tools to cast, maybe next year. 

 

Chape formed from brass sheet and rods.

 

Next thing I need to think about is setting up a dedicated photographing corner as the light I'm the workshop and inside the house are really really bad 

 

 

 

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