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PostPosted: Thu 08 May, 2008 12:49 am    Post subject: New German knife from Tods Stuff         Reply with quote

A few months ago a German hunting knife appeared on myArmoury and I used it as starter point for this recently finished knife.

It is heavily based on German styles of handle and construction from about 1500 -1600 and the blade is based on one in a private collection from the Danube.

The blade is spring steel, the fittings are steel and the handle scales are black horn. The matching byknife and pricker fit into the recesses on the scabbard, which is made from two layers of leather and fitted to the knife.

I hope you like it

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Sorry just learned how to post the pictures in the text and so here we go again.

Thanks Nathan

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PostPosted: Thu 08 May, 2008 4:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What a great set. Nice lines, file work and scabbard. My congratulations to the lucky owner.
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PostPosted: Thu 08 May, 2008 6:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mmmm....Bauernwehr....

Love 'em, and this one is a beauty!

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Wow, that is a beautiful piece! Wonderful workmanship!
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PostPosted: Thu 08 May, 2008 12:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the nice words.

I really like these knives and enjoyed making this one and I hope it shows. They always feel solid in your hand and very business like - solid and business like thats Germans all over I guess. The lines always seem clean and I like the way the scabbard fits with the knife and I can't take credit for what seems inherent in the design.

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Your file work is particularly interesting, and well executed. I have not seen any quite like it before (cross hatch pattern within a larger scroll pattern.) Is this replicating the originals?
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You keep putting out some very nice looking things that are just off the beaten path enough to have quite a bit of WOW inherently built into them. Nice work and look forward to seeing what you come up with next.
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PostPosted: Thu 08 May, 2008 6:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks great Tod!

I totally agree with Joe. The commitment to fine workmanship combined with the right amount of organic imperfection makes
your pieces have such an authentic and historical quality to them. It almost tempts me to move beyond my era of interest- almost Wink

With first hand experience I wish to express my own high praise of Tod's work. Once the US economy gets stronger Tod's pieces will be that much more attractive.

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Is it accurate to assume, because of the stud on the outside of the handle, that the original knives were designed with the idea of being used in a secondary role as a combat knife?

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I can only repeat what others have said that this is impressive and very attractive work. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu 08 May, 2008 8:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello Tod,

Like almost everything I've seen from you, this is, in a word, stunning.

I'm going to have to add something from you to my collection sooner than later...

Now, would this be considered a messer?

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PostPosted: Thu 08 May, 2008 8:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Leo Todeschini wrote:
I can't take credit for what seems inherent in the design.


But you can take credit for staying so true to the spirit and form of that design! That's a talent that is a ver impressive talent!

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PostPosted: Fri 09 May, 2008 12:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jared Smith wrote:
Your file work is particularly interesting, and well executed. I have not seen any quite like it before (cross hatch pattern within a larger scroll pattern.) Is this replicating the originals?


It was just a simple pattern that complimented the overall look and I thought fitted well though not based on any specific original although of course spine decoration was pretty common; I think your tag line at the bottom says it all...........Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Doug Lester wrote:
Is it accurate to assume, because of the stud on the outside of the handle, that the original knives were designed with the idea of being used in a secondary role as a combat knife?


Yes it is odd this, because I can't think of a picture where these sort of knives are shown in a military context and are almost always shown in some sort of pastoral hunting/woodsman/countryside setting, but I guess the odd pub brawl may not have been out of the question. The stud is used as a through rivet to hold the front bolsters on and so it may just be that as it was there anyway it grew and got decorated and developed into this type of fitting.

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