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Matthew Grzybowski
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PostPosted: Mon 03 Mar, 2008 2:19 pm    Post subject: OlliN Custom Projects         Reply with quote

Hello All!

We recently finished up some custom projects and thought we would share.

The German Messer

http://www.ollinsworddesign.com/osd-custom-mess.html

Spear of Anoch Sun

http://www.ollinsworddesign.com/osd-custom-sas.html

There has also been some site revisions as well. Hope very one has been quite well!

Best,

Matt[/url]

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Handmade collectible arms, custom swords, and sculpture
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Matthew G.M. Korenkiewicz




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PostPosted: Mon 03 Mar, 2008 7:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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Vey nicely executed, Matthew. Seeing new work from OlliN's shop is encouraging news
for yours truly as well ... B-)
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Richard Gessman




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PostPosted: Mon 03 Mar, 2008 9:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Amazing work as usual, I especially like that messer. The light serrations on the false edge are a nice touch, and adds a bit of flare to an already outstanding sword.

The spear is also very intriguing. I haven't seen a great deal of custom spears, but I really like the originality of the design and attention to detail in this one.

Its good to see such a great deal of variety in your lineup, from historically inspired pieces, to more contemporary designs, all of which look both expertly crafted and aesthetically pleasing.
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Jean Thibodeau




PostPosted: Mon 03 Mar, 2008 9:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice work. Cool Will have to go to your site and see those site revisions and if there are more pics of these or other things. Big Grin
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Tim Lison




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PostPosted: Mon 03 Mar, 2008 10:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well played, sirs.....as always! I really like that messer! How'd you guys come up with the idea for the serrations?
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As the proud owner of the messer I just wanted to say what a pleasure it was working with Ollin. The communication was great, and they were very receptive to suggestions and went above and beyond the call of duty to meet my expectations. This, by the way, was the project I started after guessing the weight of Jean's blade stock Happy

I know that a lot of the members of this site are sticklers for historical accuracy, so any faults they see with the design of this sword are totally mine, not the team at Ollin. I incorporated design features from a number of swords I had seen, both historical and modern. I wanted a sword that was uniquely mine, and had certain handling characteristics.The serrations near the tip we an inspiration from a "peasant knife" I had seen during a search of online images.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the sword is the perfection of the grind of the blade. Mark does the grinding by hand, and to have this much blade expanse so skillfully executed says a lot for his ability.

The sword feels excellent in my hand, and I am really looking forward to an end of the long Maine winter so I can do some cutting with it.



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PostPosted: Wed 05 Mar, 2008 11:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Interesting inspiration for the Messer. I would say that it works! Mark does do wonders with grinding! Have fun with your new toy.
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Hugo Voisine




PostPosted: Fri 07 Mar, 2008 1:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations, the messer is awesome. Happy
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Mar, 2008 12:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Good stuff.
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Mar, 2008 8:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've never seen a solid upper guard suchat that. Usually the cross is a peice unto itself, but here it is solid with the upper grip.

Is that a historical design?

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PostPosted: Sat 08 Mar, 2008 10:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yikes! That spear almost made me jump out of my chair. Eek!

Awesome, awesome job!

*is very jealous*

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