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Kerry Stagmer
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Feb, 2008 8:34 am    Post subject: Forged look for BKS in '08         Reply with quote

We decided to return to some of our forged look from years ago for this spring. Chiseling, forging, stone setting, flame blued mounts.... All things we got away from as production increased. At least for this spring while we have a little more time this look will dominate our new swords.


Reversing the twist with chiseling


Straight twist with upset ends on short sword


Reversed over and over on tapers with chiseling. I really love this look. Its very time consuming




Chiseled, twisted, mother of pearl cabs set in silver, faceted rubies set in 14k gold, sterling silver knot pattern handle fittings on dyed stablized maple burl handle.






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Like to hear some thoughts on how you guys like this look (or not!)

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I find metal twisting to be a very attractive look, and I think it's neat that you're doing it. However, from those pictures at least, the guards look too bulky (to me anyway). I do like the look on the saber-esque piece though.
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Feb, 2008 8:49 am    Post subject: Wow!         Reply with quote

Kerry, those swords are absolutely great looking! I really like the twisted forged furniture. Big Grin
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Very pretty pieces you've done there Kerry! I've actually got one of your older pieces out in the shop right now (tan leather handle wrap baseball style) for scabbarding and I have to say you have made a quantum leap forward in terms of finish and aesthetics from that piece to these. Nice job! How is the hilt furniture done on these new pieces? Is it all forged? No casting?
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I really like the look! There is a fair amount of metal there, does it add a lot to the mass of the sword? I would enjoy handling one of the swords some day. Happy
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I don't want to speak for the guys at BKS, but many of these are likely stage swords, so that might explain a bit of extra bulk. But perhaps not. They look great, I can't wait to see mine in a few weeks Happy
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It's certainly an interesting look. I love swords that strive to give an unusual or "special" impression without turning into horrible wall hangers. Good work, you guys. Happy

I especially like the marble-handed one. That's a real piece of work right there. If it handles as well as it looks, it's definitely a winner.

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Anders Backlund wrote:
I especially like the marble-handed one. .

The caption says it's dyed stabilized maple burl handle... not marble.

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The weight is the same. If you notice it looks larger, but really only in 2D. When you see the twists like this in person the way the light plays off actually makes it look lighter then the stock. Notice how different the width is where the twist begins from the original bar stock. In this case the stock is only 1/2" by 1/2"




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Russ Ellis wrote:
Very pretty pieces you've done there Kerry! I've actually got one of your older pieces out in the shop right now (tan leather handle wrap baseball style) for scabbarding and I have to say you have made a quantum leap forward in terms of finish and aesthetics from that piece to these. Nice job! How is the hilt furniture done on these new pieces? Is it all forged? No casting?


All forged, I'm not really a fan of cast steel fittings. The pommels are also turned and hand faceted free hand by my brother Matt.

We still have alot of simpler production stuff out there, but it does get a little boring!

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Nathan Robinson wrote:
Anders Backlund wrote:
I especially like the marble-handed one. .

The caption says it's dyed stabilized maple burl handle... not marble.


Ah, my bad.

Correction: the maple-handled one. Happy

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Anders Backlund wrote:
Nathan Robinson wrote:
Anders Backlund wrote:
I especially like the marble-handed one. .

The caption says it's dyed stabilized maple burl handle... not marble.


Ah, my bad.

Correction: the maple-handled one. Happy


Personally I really like stone/marble/gemstone handles but they are a little fragile for my taste. If you forged the tang down to a thick round they might work just fine. A quality piece of onyx or jade would be great to work with.

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Mike Arledge wrote:
I don't want to speak for the guys at BKS, but many of these are likely stage swords, so that might explain a bit of extra bulk. But perhaps not. They look great, I can't wait to see mine in a few weeks Happy


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