Aiden CC Posted March 5 Share Posted March 5 I’ve wanted to make a full length sword from home made steel for some time now, I started the research for proportions last fall. I had a bunch of new material and decided to go with early medieval instead of Japanese since I have a blade in that style to work on already. This was an experimental melt with about twice the initial charge. It consolidated well and sped up the process. I may increase my charge size from 1000 g to 1500-2000 g. This piece was folded 6 times and used as the “jacket” of the sword. Here’s the starting billet. The weight was ~3.5 lbs. It has a wrought iron core, 6 fold hearth steel for the flats, and 10 fold hearth steel edges. Rather that try and do a wrap, I opted for a fish mouth weld. From what I can tell, it went pretty well. I’m glad I worked up to this with progressively longer blades. The learning curve would have been even steeper! This blade is 27.5” which is right at the bottom of the normal range from what I can tell. I was shooting for 2.5” longer, but I guess my material estimate was a little lean. It’s possible I should have forged in a bit more distal and profile taper too. I welded on a wrought iron tang to save as much steel as possible. Also shown are the edge and spin bar for a “Sax 4”. I haven’t gotten around to translating the typology, but the blade seems like a step halfway between the Nordic long knives and single edged swords. The example I plan to make has a sax blade (wedge section all the way to the spine, 65 cm blade) and a grip almost like a sword (upper and lower guard with a sax-ish “wing nut” rivet block). I figured it would be a good way to practice with a slightly shorter blade and much simpler geometry but basically the same grip components. How does the profile look? I still need to kick the tang a bit off to one side to establish the long and short edges, but I wanted to do that very intentionally referencing some originals. What might be a good weight for a blade this length? I was thinking maybe around 600-800 g, but it’s tricky to know from originals since most still have the (heavy) fittings still attached. I plan to grind a relatively shallow fuller, but I’ll see what the blade weighs in at as-forged. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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