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Julien M




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PostPosted: Tue 09 Sep, 2008 7:33 am    Post subject: French medieval artisan: GaŽl Fabre         Reply with quote

Hi all,

I just found those two websites presenting the works of an association of medieval french artisans and wanted to share those two links with you.

astelier-medieval-du-cuir: lots of stuff to be found there, but mainly a wonderful "baudrier" for the Albion yeoman.

http://astelier-medieval-du-cuir.over-blog.co...24352.html

A sample of GaŽl Fabre's production, a bladesmith who apparently lives in Ardeche and who (sadly) doesn't seem to have a website. He makes historically accurate replicas of french medieval swords and from what can be seen here I found his work to be quiet impressive.

http://203977.aceboard.fr/203977-1809-9433-0-...e-2008.htm

Hope you enjoy.

Cheers,

J
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PostPosted: Tue 09 Sep, 2008 8:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

While I am unable to read French, I think all those pictures represent AWESOME work. In particular, the GaŽl Fabre stuff is spectacular. The very last picture in the second post is striking, as is the photo of the Spatha and scramseax together.

M.

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PostPosted: Tue 09 Sep, 2008 7:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

M. Eversberg II wrote:
While I am unable to read French, I think all those pictures represent AWESOME work. In particular, the GaŽl Fabre stuff is spectacular. The very last picture in the second post is striking, as is the photo of the Spatha and scramseax together.

M.


This site may help http://www.worldlingo.com/en/products_service...lator.html

Brings a little understanding anyway.
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Julien M




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PostPosted: Mon 22 Mar, 2010 2:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi guys,

Been checking french swordsmith Gael Fabre latest work and I've been so impressed with what I saw that I can't help sharing a few pictures with you guys.

I'm especially impressed with his interpretation of the type XIV (one that can be seen on records of the medieval sword).

Enjoy!

J







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Xavier B




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PostPosted: Tue 23 Mar, 2010 4:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello, GaŽl Fabre is a friend of mine. He does very goodwork. All his production are hand-forged like in the ancient time. No industrial processus or backstand. He can make everything and also of course damascus. He is one of the best swordsmith That I saw in Europe. His swords are really good cutter and very strong and light. In addition, he is very friendly!

I'm now wainting for pompeii damascus gladius found in SaŰne et Loire, France.

Here is his blog :


http://gael-fabre-forgeron.over-blog.com/page...39117.html
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PostPosted: Tue 23 Mar, 2010 6:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

wonderfull, i specially appreciate the first in your pictures, seems to be a more splendid variation of this http://www.myArmoury.com/desktop_typexi.html
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Xavier B




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PostPosted: Tue 23 Mar, 2010 6:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The first in the pictures is made from the sword of Otton IV, the germanic emperor at the battle of Bouvines (1214). It was probably a ceremonial sword. This sword is made of damascus but this is not seen with this polish.
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PostPosted: Tue 23 Mar, 2010 6:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You are both right as this sword, a copy of the so called sword of saint Maurice, was also the coronation sword of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire.

The workmanship is remarkable but my personal taste inclines more towards that spendid type XIV, as I often wondered what this sword would look like when looking at the Oakeshott sketches in records of the medieval sword...guess I have my answer now Happy

J

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Gottfried P. Doerler wrote:
wonderfull, i specially appreciate the first in your pictures

these are not "my pictures". I took them from Gael's website/blog Happy
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PostPosted: Sun 28 Mar, 2010 8:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Xavier B wrote:
The first in the pictures is made from the sword of Otton IV, the germanic emperor at the battle of Bouvines (1214). It was probably a ceremonial sword. This sword is made of damascus but this is not seen with this polish.

reference: sword of saint Maurice
This sword is made of damascus...

where is this written?

This sword is not like the original, the most striking is the fuller. it is completely wrong.

Ciao
Maurizio
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PostPosted: Mon 29 Mar, 2010 3:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello,

This sword is loosely based on the Saint Maurice sword in Vienna not the one in Turin. The customer wanted a blade a bit different and in damascus...


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PostPosted: Thu 01 Apr, 2010 4:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi,

Hand-forged gladius made by GaŽl Fabre.

The blade is pattern-welded and the point is reinforced and hollow ground like the original one found in SaŰne et Loire (France) circa 50 AD.

The hilt is made of buffalo horn and mammoth ivory and copied from one exposed in the British Museum.

Blade length : 45cm
Blade width : 4cm
Blade thickness : 8mm
Total length : 62cm
Total weight : 700g










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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jun, 2010 6:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi guys,

More great stuff from Gael on his website. Sample Below.

Enjoy,

J




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PostPosted: Tue 10 Mar, 2015 4:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

More eye candy from Gael on his facebook page below:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ga%C3%ABl-Fabre-Fabricant-d%C3%A9p%C3%A9es-forg%C3%A9es-swordsmith/1569663453312733

That type XIV is one of the most attractive swords I've seen in a while...








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PostPosted: Tue 10 Mar, 2015 6:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful - he has been to the HEMAC Dijon event many years and I have a medieval pocket knife from him which I use regularly and I've never had to sharpen! He does really excellent work and I may well throw some money his direction in the future.
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Mar, 2015 6:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just wonderful work. Not being a FB person, how does one get in touch to discuss?
Currently working on projects ranging from Elizabethan pageants to a WW1 Tank, Victorian fairgrounds 1066 events and more. Oh and we joust loads!.. We run over 250 events for English Heritage each year plus many others for Historic Royal Palaces, Historic Scotland, the National Trust and more. If you live in the UK and are interested in working for us just drop us a line with a cv.
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Mar, 2015 6:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mark Griffin wrote:
Just wonderful work. Not being a FB person, how does one get in touch to discuss?


Gael's website:

http://gael-fabre-forgeron.over-blog.com/
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Mar, 2015 6:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Many thanks Julien. Sets mouth to 'drool'.....
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Mar, 2015 6:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Matt Easton wrote:
Beautiful - he has been to the HEMAC Dijon event many years and I have a medieval pocket knife from him which I use regularly and I've never had to sharpen! He does really excellent work and I may well throw some money his direction in the future.
Matt


I've seen Gael's pieces up close at the Pontoise medieval market.
His stuff is regarded as very high end in France - and deservedly so.
All the swords I've had in hand were excellent pieces, and affordable too (on par with Albion for price, quality, and balance, however all of Gael's pieces are handmade so not the best comparison point).

Gael is also a very nice chap to boot.

I will get a sword from him one of these days too.
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Mar, 2015 7:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

They look fabulously organic and artisan made. I want something with a personality which can't be achieved by other makers making lots of the same thing imho. Not that i don't have swords made by the usual well known makers though. Must be my age, my thought process has gone like this in 35 years..

Is it cheap?

Is it accurate?

Does it handle well?

Would I want to be buried with it?

:-)

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Mar, 2015 10:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Julien M wrote:
Hi guys,

More great stuff from Gael on his website. Sample Below.

Enjoy,

J






I really like this bollock. It reminds me of celtic shortswords too and I like that.
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