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Sword of Georg Kastrioti, called Skanderbeg


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Hi guys,

after long time without motivation, i beginn a special custom sword. My customer want a reconstruction of the sword from Skanderkeg. The Sword and the helmet are in the Waffenkammer of Kunsthistorischen Museums in vienna austria.

 

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This is one of the swords of the albanian national hero Skanderbeg. The sword was said to be able to cut its enemies half vertically. Its a cavallery sword.

The sword have a persian blade and a turkis handle. The sheath dosent fit with the crossguard.

 

The sword is 103.3cm long. 5.8cm large lenticular blade by the crossguard and 6mm thick by the crossguard. With a 17.5cm large crossguard.

The weight is 1.3 Kg.

The blade has a large koftgari work in gold. The wood Sheath and the wood handle are covered with fishskin.

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1 hour ago i harded the blade. I take 1.8159 steel. The blade is hard and flexible. I forgot to make pics. I was in a verrry nice flow. I make pics tomorrow.

 

Ruggero

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I'm happy to see you motivated again, and with a serious project no less! This should be a good thread to watch.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Hi all,

the crossguard is originaly a hollow sheet construction. I decided to make the crossguard in aluminum. I used the loast foam technique

 

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Her the raw Crossguard.

 

The blade is ready for the Coftgari. I heatet this part on 300°

 

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Yesterday i worked on the crossguard. The CG fitts. Now i make the finish and i work the surface

 

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Ruggero

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That's a good aluminum casting. The wife tried her first aluminum casting recently (with some help from me). 

It's not as simple as it seems.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Hi,

next update

 

Woodsheath with leather inlay

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After sanding the sheath, i do the onlays for the signs on the sheath

 

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Now i glue the black goat leather on the sheat. Its the most similar leater i found.

 

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Next step are the sheath fittings

 

Ruggero

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Wow, that’s nice!

Gary LT

"I Never Met A Knife I Didn't Like", (Will Rogers)

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I will add a WOW also….. thanks for the pics of the design process for the raised leather work…. And you metal fittings are equal to the quality… are those rivets actually tacks into the wood?

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Hi Guys,

i finished the scabbard

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Now i must make the gold koftari on the blade. I am verry nervous. I never make koftgari. If one of you can give my some tip, i am verry happy.

 

Ruggero

 

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This is grand. Great work Ruggero.

 

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Hi Guys,

thank you. I begin with testing the koftgari techique. I make 30 Min. for day, just i can do wat i want.

 

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This was a 3 Min. work. The problem is , that the wire hold not always

 

Ruggero

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And do the cuts with a very thin broad-bladed chisel like a filemaker's chisel.  You are trying to raise teeth like a file, after all!  I've seen a demo as well, never actually done it.  Key things to remember are that the cuts have to be shallow enough to be burnished flat after the gold is inlayed, and the gold must be 24 karat or fine gold to be soft enough to really key into the cuts.  Fine silver and pure copper can work as well, alloys will not.  They have too much springback.  

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