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Fabrice Cognot
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PostPosted: Wed 30 Apr, 2008 8:59 am    Post subject: Baselard         Reply with quote

Mid-late XVth century, nut wood handle with mild steel guards (nailed on, not glued), 1075 full-quenched blade, tempered to light brown.

Hand-carved veg tanned leather scabbard, natural coloring (no modern dyes), inscriptions read as "dTdE/dijõ/HEMAC/MMVIII". Scabbard end of mild steel sheet, flame soft-soldered.

Commemorative dagger offered as a prize for the (now) traditional Saturday night Raffle of the VIIth International Historical Martial Arts Gathring in Dijon.

Only unhistorical part is the lower guard, made of one single steel sheet, rather than two '(' shaped langets forge-welded at their ends to leave a diamond-shaped opening for the blade shoulders to fit in.


Current location is now North England, with its happy new (lucky) owner - congrats Paul ! (and thanks for the pics).





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Doug Strong




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PostPosted: Wed 30 Apr, 2008 7:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful, Fabrice!
I like the work on the chape particularly.

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D. Austin
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PostPosted: Thu 01 May, 2008 2:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Seriously, that scabbard is inspirational. I love the steel and timber work, but that type of leather decoration is just amazing. Both the design and the execution are very impressive.

Great work.
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Fabrice Cognot
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PostPosted: Fri 02 May, 2008 3:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks guys.

Good thing with that one is that I finished only a few hours before it was taken from me - I could have grown too attached to it to let it go after some time Happy

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Michael Pearce
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PostPosted: Fri 02 May, 2008 4:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Terrific piece- especially the scabbard. Excellent work!
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