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David Wilson




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PostPosted: Fri 06 Jun, 2008 10:21 am    Post subject: Vince Evans' Monasterevin Sword         Reply with quote

Here, again, is a master work by near-legendary bladesmith Vince Evans -- a reproduction of the so-called Monasterevin sword. This has been a sort-of "top secret" project of Vinces, something he has labored on in some obscurity, until it's completion.
The Monasterevin sword was found in Ireland. It is of interest due to it's similarity to the typical Scottish "Claymore", with quillons that end in quatrefoil terminals and an odd double pommel. I believe this sword is discussed in Oakeshott's Archeology of Weapons (IIRC).
Vince was able to handle, and take measurements of, the original sword in Ireland. The original sword is in excavated condition, with part of it's quillons and most of it's blade missing. Based on his exacting research, this is what he came up with:


Impressive....
Here's a full-length shot:


Looks huge... the blade is 96.5 cm (that's right about 38 inches)...
And here's a side shot of the hilt:


Vince once again pulls it off -- a beautiful reproduction (or, in this case, interpretation) of a rare and important historical sword.

For this and more amazing works of steel art, see Vince's picture trail site: http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?username=vevans

David K. Wilson, Jr.
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PostPosted: Fri 06 Jun, 2008 10:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Uh... Strange pommel but otherwise, a masterpiece, as usual.

Thanks for sharing that.

Cheers,

David
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Joe Fults




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PostPosted: Fri 06 Jun, 2008 4:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The ancients sure liked their stuff pimped out. Very interesting and very nicely executed in the photos though.
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