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Ian Hutchison




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 3:06 pm    Post subject: Sword blanks         Reply with quote

Hey,

Does anybody know of anyone selling sword blade blanks? As in blades without finish/furniture? I'd like to have a go at creating and mounting my own fittings.

'We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.' - Adrian Carton de Wiart
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Anders Backlund




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 6:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Sword blanks         Reply with quote

I've seen an online seller who carries unmounted katana blades, though I don't have the link at hand. If that's of interest to you, I could try to track it down.
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D. Austin
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 6:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Kris Cutlery sell japanese style bare blades and I believe that Darkwood sells european style blades. I can't vouch for the quality of the Darkwood blades (although they look good in the pictures) but those from Kris Cutlery are definately excellent quality for the price. I may be wrong but I'd assume that most makers would sell you a bare blade if you ask nicely. Happy

Hope this helps.
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Anders Backlund




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 6:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Come to think of it, it might very well be Kris Cutlery I'm thinking of.
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Richard Gessman




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 9:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Kult of Athena sells a katana blade blank, although I've never bought one so I don't know if its any good.

http://www.kultofathena.com/product~item~KP11...+Blade.htm
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Ian Hutchison




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PostPosted: Sat 29 Mar, 2008 2:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice guys, I'll check the both out though ATM I'm more interested in European blades. I could maybe make a katana-saber or katana baskethilt though..
'We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.' - Adrian Carton de Wiart
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Arne Focke
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PostPosted: Sat 29 Mar, 2008 3:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I would think that any blacksmith who does custom work will happily sell you a blank. It should be no problem to get one exactly to your specifications.
So schön und inhaltsreich der Beruf eines Archäologen ist, so hart ist auch seine Arbeit, die keinen Achtstundentag kennt! (Wolfgang Kimmig in: Die Heuneburg an der oberen Donau, Stuttgart 1983)
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Sa'ar Nudel




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PostPosted: Sat 29 Mar, 2008 3:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Arne Focke wrote:
I would think that any blacksmith who does custom work will happily sell you a blank. It should be no problem to get one exactly to your specifications.


True, but only if the blacksmith does long blades on a regular basis. Forging a long blade to correct dimensions is not an easy task, and the heat treating is tricky. I'd rather purchase bare blades from an experienced smith, unless you wish a trial & error process - this could be fun & educational for itself, not counting time and money.

Del Tin sells bare blades, you have to contact Fulvio himself.

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Arne Focke
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PostPosted: Sat 29 Mar, 2008 4:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Of course, if the smith doesn't have any experience with blades he is obviously not a good choice.
So schön und inhaltsreich der Beruf eines Archäologen ist, so hart ist auch seine Arbeit, die keinen Achtstundentag kennt! (Wolfgang Kimmig in: Die Heuneburg an der oberen Donau, Stuttgart 1983)
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Anders Backlund




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PostPosted: Sat 29 Mar, 2008 9:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ian Hutchison wrote:
I could maybe make a katana-saber or katana baskethilt though..


Glad to see I'm not the only one to consider this. Happy

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