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this is an impressive project all around. The grip, and the lessons learned, are great. Thanks for sharing it with us.

 

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Scabbard core covered in linen. I used waterproof glue for it to help seal the core

 

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And then leather sewn on. IMG_20220829_180905.jpgIMG_20220829_180911.jpg

 

And a dry fit of the hilt components just to see how it looks and then a lot of little fiddling to get the parts to fit better to each other

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Making pins for the upper guard. 

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And then a peen block that fits quite snugly inside the pommel cap. I could have made it much thinner but this way someone could still demount and rehilt the blade as it passes down from one chieftain to the next

 

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and now that all the parts were finally fitted it was time to finish samding the blade. Appleseeded the edges and sanded it to 800 grit for the etch 

 

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Vinegar acid works great. First I let it sit for a couple of hours and then scrub all the oxides off with 2500 sandpaper, second soak was about two hours again with scrubbing and the last soak was overnight

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The vinegar is mild enough that that long soaks don't really eat much into the steel as the oxides build up and slow the etching down.

 

And then going over the whole blade with 2500grit backed with a rubber block

 

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And assembly time

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Thick leather pieces in the vise protect the blade while I peen

 

One of the things I don't really like about pattern welding and specially on big blades like this is how difficult it is to take good pictures of it.

 

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and I still find this so interesting, the polished horn looks almost like marble and then when held up against the light you can see the tang, nails and pins going through it

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And now back to the scabbard. Though the original didn't seem to have any metal fittings I do think it should have some as even though they were rare on the british isles they were common on the continent 

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For the chape I started by making a form

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And then it was annealing and hammering and annealing some more followed by more hammering

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Bjorn, I'll need to start swearing next because I'm running out of nice words to express my amazement! :lol:
One last try - masterful B)
My favourite part is the tip, horn in the handle a close second.  Beautiful! 

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That looks as good as, if not better than, the other three I've seen.  This puts you in the company of Patrick Barta and Vince Evans, for what that's worth... :ph34r:

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Dude :o

 

The etch and polish on the blade is exceptional.  The hilt is a work of art.  I'm blown away.

 

This is one of those projects that is going to leave a big void in your life once it is done :)

 

 

-Brian

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20 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

That looks as good as, if not better than, the other three I've seen.  This puts you in the company of Patrick Barta and Vince Evans, for what that's worth... :ph34r:

 

Aaaah, give me a decade or so to practice and I might get closer to those guys :lol:

 

19 hours ago, Brian Dougherty said:

Dude :o

 

The etch and polish on the blade is exceptional.  The hilt is a work of art.  I'm blown away.

 

This is one of those projects that is going to leave a big void in your life once it is done :)

 

 

 

The worst part about this build is that now I really need to try out a few more different kinds of patterns and blade shapes so the void will be filled up with lots of fire and glowing steel

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31 minutes ago, Bjorn Gylfason said:

The worst part about this build is that now I really need to try out a few more different kinds of patterns and blade shapes so the void will be filled up with lots of fire and glowing steel

 

That is good news for the rest of us!

-Brian

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This is a beautiful project and in depth WIP you’ve made available. I am glad it’s pinned.
One question is, (if you can take a minute), how did you peen the four pommel pins? I am guessing a blunted or dimpled nail driver.

 

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14 hours ago, Bjorn Gylfason said:

Aaaah, give me a decade or so to practice and I might get closer to those guys 

And I need a few years to get close to something like this! 

 

On 9/7/2022 at 8:16 AM, Alan Longmire said:

This puts you in the company of Patrick Barta and Vince Evans,

I have held some of Vince's work, and yeah this looks like it can hang.

 

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23 hours ago, Gary LT said:

This is a beautiful project and in depth WIP you’ve made available. I am glad it’s pinned.
One question is, (if you can take a minute), how did you peen the four pommel pins? I am guessing a blunted or dimpled nail driver.

 

Gary LT

 

 

The tiniest ball peen hammer I could find and then a dimpled nail driver. The biggest challenge of it was holding the whole thing upside down with a sharp blade in my face while also focusing in the peening :lol:

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Thank you Bjorn, I am sure it was tricky but no other way I can think of!

Gary LT

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Got the scabbard dyed and bronze bits attached, zip ties are very helpful to hold everything where it should while drilling holes. The pins are brass nails annealed before being put in, cut to size and peened overIMG_20220911_140040.jpgIMG_20220911_140051.jpgIMG_20220911_153252.jpg

 

The original didn't seem to have any kind of bridge or slider so I went with Paul Mortimers idea of attachment to the belt 

 

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not completely set on the way I bound the braided wool cord but it's easy enough to redo and try different methods.

 

And now I'm just waiting for more brazing rods to arrive so I can make some sort of buckles for the belt

 

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Never made a buckle before and not entirely sure how exactly the ones from this era are supposed to work :lol:

 

Began with a 4mm brass rod, annealed and bent it into a square, silver brazed it and then did some shaping with a small hammer 

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but it ended up looking alright and it works 

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everything oiled up and wrapped in cloth before going in the box.

 

The inspector is making sure the box is up to standards

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This project led me to spend hours looking for methods and how to do both filigrees and cloisonne, filled my head with ideas for blade patterns and reminded me yet again how nice it would be to have the needed equipment for casting.

 

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A truly awesome project, beautiful work!

 

What did the dimensions and point of balance end up being?

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