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Brian K.
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Aug, 2008 9:37 pm    Post subject: DBK Hand-Made Custom Scabbards         Reply with quote

Hello,

My name is Brian Kunz, and I am the owner of DBK Custom Swords. I want to formerly introduce to the fine members of myArmoury my works which I consider my art. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions, and comments are welcome.

I specialize in European/Medieval scabbards, with a penchant for classic leatherwork. My turn-around times on scabbards are typically 1 to 2 weeks once the sword is received and the work the begins.

The scabbards are handmade with a wooden core and lacquered on the outside. The core is custom sized to the individual sword for a precise fit. A precise fit means a last push snug so the sword won't fall out when turned upside down. But the sword easily draws from the scabbard when pulled out. The oak tanned leather is hand crafted with a historically accurate complex suspension system. Dye colors are applied via a multi-step hand rubbed process. Each piece is hand-stitched with a single seam in the back.

Please have a look at some of my work.

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Aug, 2008 5:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thats really nice! I like the brown and green one the best.
Do you replace/customize handle grips as well?
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PostPosted: Sat 23 Aug, 2008 6:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very well done sir. Do you have a website we can view or a link to pricing models/wait time? You might get some work from me soon. Happy
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PostPosted: Sat 23 Aug, 2008 7:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

WOW! those are some great looking scabbards Brian. I was just on your site and I have just two questions. First, you say you laquer the outside of the scabbard, does this mean under a layer of leather or over it or are they two different options? Second I seen the pommel decor you do and would like to know how it is applied? Anyway nice work, next time I get a sword I will consider you.
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PostPosted: Sat 23 Aug, 2008 7:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dan P wrote:
Thats really nice! I like the brown and green one the best.
Do you replace/customize handle grips as well?


Yes I do. I do traditional cord wrapped grips with reshaping of the wood core if so desired.
http://www.dbkcustomswords.com/Traditional.html

Mike Arledge wrote:
Very well done sir. Do you have a website we can view or a link to pricing models/wait time? You might get some work from me soon. Happy


http://www.dbkcustomswords.com/handmadescabbard.html
Wait time right now is less than two weeks upon receiving your sword.

Stephen Curtin wrote:
WOW! those are some great looking scabbards Brian. I was just on your site and I have just two questions. First, you say you laquer the outside of the scabbard, does this mean under a layer of leather or over it or are they two different options? Second I seen the pommel decor you do and would like to know how it is applied? Anyway nice work, next time I get a sword I will consider you.


I laquer the outside of the wood core to prevent it from water damage and warping. As far as the leather on the scabbard goes, I can make it shiny or dull upon request. If no request is made, I finish it according to how I think it would look best with the overall design.

With the pommel decor it depends on if it rests inside a pommel inset, or if it will be exposed to rubbing. Inside a pommel inset I use a high-epoxy, if it is exposed I use JB Weld.

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PostPosted: Sun 31 Aug, 2008 8:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I wanted to share some progress on a scabbard I started for Karl Knisley and his custom falchion sword. It's a unique project in the aspect of not only the shape of the blade, but one of the requested custom features of the scabbard is to duplicate the same design aspect that is etched onto the blade. The roses & thorns must be composed onto the scabbard leather in a aesthetic fashion. I'm looking forward to getting to that point, because of the unique tooling opportunity.



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PostPosted: Mon 01 Sep, 2008 3:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You seem to have a very nice fit and your work looks astounding!
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PostPosted: Mon 01 Sep, 2008 4:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You must be some kind of sorcerer...awesome work!

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PostPosted: Mon 01 Sep, 2008 8:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Impressive work and the photography sure makes the colours " rich " in that the glossy leather in some of them looks so good.

The designs are also very appealing.

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PostPosted: Tue 02 Sep, 2008 8:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you everyone. I have another update. I have a pre-fit and most of the leatherwork is done except for the roses & thorns.

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WOW that is amazing, and incredibly cheap! Other manufacturers are at least double!!!!! Will you do scabbords for other swords, i.e. Albion or A&A? Many swords I already own could use scabbords..... I will keep you in mind.
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Sep, 2008 2:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chase S-R wrote:
WOW that is amazing, and incredibly cheap! Other manufacturers are at least double!!!!! Will you do scabbords for other swords, i.e. Albion or A&A? Many swords I already own could use scabbords..... I will keep you in mind.


Absolutely! Albion, Angus Trim, Arms & Armor, etc...I specialize in medieval / European sword types. If you have anything in mind let me know and I'll see what I can do for you.

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PostPosted: Wed 03 Sep, 2008 2:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Almost there. I'm really thinking to do any tooling below the suspension tie knot would detract from the overall look. I'm almost ready to call it good and begin the coloring.

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PostPosted: Wed 03 Sep, 2008 2:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Brian-

Do you disassemble everything and dye the parts separately and reassemble?

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PostPosted: Wed 03 Sep, 2008 3:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
Hi Brian-

Do you disassemble everything and dye the parts separately and reassemble?


Yes. Each part of the scabbard is individually dyed, away from any of the other leatherwork.

Parts of the scabbard are also removed for tooling as well, and then placed back into position to see if anything more is needed, and that the suspension is properly fitted.

Once all the pieces are colored and the leather is finished, it is re-assembled for the final time.

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PostPosted: Wed 03 Sep, 2008 3:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Neat looking scabbard for the falchion, but I'm surprised the owner wanted a style of scabbard that predates the sword by so much.
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Sep, 2008 4:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello
Probably because, I have no idea, what a 15th century scabbard ,looks like Big Grin I`ve never been
much, into the historical accuracy, aspect,of swords and the like.I`am more into the, fantasy ,angle.
But I beleave,that fashion, was the same then, as now..."If it looks good, it is good" Happy
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Sep, 2008 10:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I actually brought up the question as to what falchion scabbards would look like, but we didn't really come to a consensus on that.

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Sep, 2008 6:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

M. Eversberg II wrote:
I actually brought up the question as to what falchion scabbards would look like, but we didn't really come to a consensus on that.

M.


True, but that suspension system dies out somewhere in the first half of the 14th century based on period art (effigies, brasses, iconography). The painting this falchion is based on is from circa 1480.

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Sep, 2008 6:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Karl Knisley wrote:
Hello
Probably because, I have no idea, what a 15th century scabbard ,looks like Big Grin I`ve never been
much, into the historical accuracy, aspect,of swords and the like.I`am more into the, fantasy ,angle.
But I beleave,that fashion, was the same then, as now..."If it looks good, it is good" Happy


Hear Hear! And it does look good!

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