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Qing Dao, pattern welded sanmei, bubinga, brass


Kevin Colwell
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Hello Everyone,

I am still making things. I have also been restoring antiques for the past couple of years. I can't post pictures of them, though. The people that own them are often pretty picky about who knows they own them. But, it has made me better, I think. Here is a Qing Dynasty Willow Leaf Dao with a blade with a medial ridge. I hope you like it.

 

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“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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Always great to see you, Kevin!  And yes, I think you're getting better too.  Not that you weren't good to begin with, of course! :lol:

Handling old swords is the only way to understand how they're supposed to feel.  Makes a big difference to a maker of pointy objects!

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That is some gorgeous work Kevin. Good to see you are still at it. Could you perhaps please share some vital statistics? Thanks.

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ok, it weighs just under 800 grams, fittings and blade. 29.5" long. Just at .26" at forte, tapers to .13 or so (I may taper it a little more. Crazy, but I may).

 

Handle is about 8" total. Including pommel. 

 

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“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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8 hours ago, Kevin Colwell said:

tapers to .13 or so (I may taper it a little more. Crazy, but I may).

Thanks Kevin. Wow, how thin do you want it?

"The way we win matters" (Ender Wiggins) Orson Scott Card

 

Nos, qui libertate donati sumus, nes cimus quid constet.

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Kevin - Are the flutes on the grip pretty common that way historically?  It seems to me that a different orientation would be more effective as a gripping aid.  

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Hi Kevin

Stunning piece B)
I have no frame of reference, but 800g sounds light, are the guard and pommel solid brass?

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hi y'all

I had pneumonia. 

The blade, not the entire sword, weighs around 800 g.

 

Yes - the flutes are always done in that direction on these. It just is tradition.

 

OK  - the blade weighs 800g, the entire sword, all fitted out, weighs 981g.

 

Thanks for looking and commenting. 

 

please visit my website http://www.professorsforge.com/

 

“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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