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Pricker done as well so now I can make the sub sheaths for them.

 

Before I can then glue them to the core I have to figure out exactly what kind of suspension system I'm going with so they don't get in the way. 

 

The scabbard core got its linen wrap glued on today as well. It's pretty amazing how much stiffness a couple of layers of this thin plywood add while keeping the scabbard thin and very light.

 

Ground fullers in the tang to shave off unnecessary weight there and might distal taper it a little bit towards the pommel.

 

Got a little bit more filework done on the guard and think it is getting to its final shape 

 

The pommel was still too heavy after thinning so the new plan is to do some heavy filework on it to give it depth while removing more weight

 

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Got the scabbard dyed and greased so next up is the suspension. Still haven't completely decided wether to go with a baldric or a belt

Today I finished shaping the handle scales and decided to add some washers to the pins for that little extra bling.   Gluing them on a piece of steel rod make filing them so so much easier 

Been sanding a bit on the blade. Got the fullers mostly cleaned up and thinned down the bevels. But going to wait with final hand sanding until all the pieces are closer to shape.

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Pommel is down from a little over 600 grams to 217grams and nearing it's final shape.

 

Been trying to push the point of balance as far forward as I can and right now it is at about 12cm from the guard

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Was waiting for more elforyn to arrive for the handle scales so thought it might be a good idea to get a few more grams out of the tang with some rope filework.

 

And finally got around to starting on the nagel after scratching my head about what style it should be in. 

 

Getting awfully close to having to put the final finish on the pieces and assemble them :D

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I go away for a few days and I missed so much! This is a spectacular build.

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Today was spent filing and shaping the nagel. Instead of making it one whole piece I drilled into it for the pin that goes through the crossguard and silver brazed it in place. All this brazing has me itching to start a new project with a complex hilt that would be brazed :lol:

 

Hand sanded the blade up to 600 grit and gave it a sharp appleseed edge. Getting it sharp at this stage was a questionably wise choice but it's just so much easier without the hilt getting in the way.

 

I originally wanted to brass sections of the nagel and guard and then blue the rest. Heat bluing gives the right hue but it is such a fragile finish so ended up trying some cold blue. That was definitely not the way as it looked like it was painted. So full on bling bling brass brushed everything was the final choice.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Bjorn Gylfason said:

so ended up trying some cold blue. That was definitely not the way as it looked like it was painted.

I have never tried to cold blue brass, but then again, I don't use a lot of brass anymore.

I have used cold blue on steel and wrought iron. It works best when applied hot, like 150 F

Birchwood Casey makes a product for blackening brass called, wait for it,...... Brass Black.....

Jeweler's suppliers like Rio Grange and Otto Frei sell a variety of metal patinas. Like this one for bronze, copper, and brass.

Lastly, my wife has used a variety of Sculpt Nouveau patinas with good results.

I don't know if any of these products are available in Denmark, but they are worth investigating.

 

The brushed brass is looking awesome. :D

 

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Today I finished shaping the handle scales and decided to add some washers to the pins for that little extra bling.

 

Gluing them on a piece of steel rod make filing them so so much easier :lol:

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Peened the pins and cleaned it up a bit and think the sword itself is pretty much finished. So now on with the scabbard

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Decided to make the cover in three sections to make it more manageable.

 

Starting from the bottom I skived the edge that will get overlapped by the next section. Soaked in water and formed it around while trimming down to size.

 

Then brushed wood glue on the wet leather and sewed it on with a very simple running stitch. 

 

Next up will be the fun section :lol:

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I have to go back to the beginning again and enjoy this ride one more time or two.....

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For the chape I began with sawing and grinding a piece of azobe to the same shape as the scabbard.

 

Cut out oversized 0.7mm brass sheets and rolled the top edges before shaping them down on the wood block.

 

Then came the fun part of grinding and filing down the seam edges until the halves became a very snug fit on the scabbard.

 

Wired them together and silver brazed them most of the way. Got the idea of adding some overlay pieces on the seam just to make it all unnecessarily difficult :lol:

 

And cut down a short brass rod and shaped it on the grinder for the tip. Will need to get creative with the files on it before attempting to braze the whole assembly together

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1 hour ago, Bjorn Gylfason said:

Got the idea of adding some overlay pieces on the seam just to make it all unnecessarily difficult :lol:

 

I shall steal that idea for the next complicated chape I make!  That will cover any gaps nicely...  ;)

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On 9/16/2021 at 10:09 PM, Alan Longmire said:

 

I shall steal that idea for the next complicated chape I make!  That will cover any gaps nicely...  ;)

I do think the idea is good. Would be even better for someone that actually knows how to braze :lol:

 

I did manage to get everything into one solid piece but it's going to be a lot of clean up and fixing in a couple of spots.

 

Anyone have a good technique to get excess solder off? 

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I did manage to clean it up with a really sharp chisel and various Dremel bits 

 

And now I have a thing that's impossible to take pictures of :lol:

 

Next up is to cut out some motifs on the front and try not to ruin it

 

 

 

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Got most of the tooling on the leather done today. Hope to finish the chape tomorrow and see if I can add some tooling details on the leather visible through its windows before dyeing.

 

Been trying to visualize how I could do brass straps in between the risers but that is still a future me problem :lol:

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