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Kerry Stagmer
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Sep, 2008 7:55 pm    Post subject: New project... Lucky 13         Reply with quote

So saturday the 13th of September I decided to start a new blade project. Not exactly how it ended up with this theme but here it goes...

I started stacking material up for a new billet of damascus (or pattern welded steel if you prefer...). I started with a 13 ft of bandsaw blade and some sword blade stock and stacked it up. With the pieces I had I ended up with 7 layers of chromoly and 6 layers double wide of bandsaw blade, yup that makes 13 layers.



I fired up the new forge I built with Paul Dubro of Legacy Forge over last week and welded this stack up.



Twisted 13 times around with no additional stacking. Today we forged it out into a blade a little over a 1/4 inch thick with distal taper over 31"

Here is the pattern in bar form, it will change quite a bit once we cut into the pattern by grinding to create the edges. Still I really like the bold look, once we grind the broader areas of pattern should show several layers.



I'm thinking maybe a horseshoe shaped guard and a 13 facet pommel? I really could use a few ideas if any come to you guys. I didnt really preplan this theme but I'm willing to let it dicate the project.

13 layers, 13 twists, 13 feet, 13th of sept

Thoughts?

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Matthew Stagmer
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Sep, 2008 11:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Btw the blade is 31 inches long with 8 inches of tang. 13x3=39
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Christian Callender




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PostPosted: Wed 17 Sep, 2008 2:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Kerry,

Long time no see! I bought my first sword from you at the MD Ren Faire back in '89 or '90.

How long will the grip be? Maybe 13 inches? If not, perhaps 13 cord risers underneath the grip material?

I can't wait to see the end result, whatever it looks like, and as I'm still in MD (Columbia) I might have to stop by the shop sometime.

Cheers!

Christian
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Sep, 2008 7:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like it!
You guys have great talent there, and Im sure it will turn out to be something really special. I like the 13 facet pommel idea.

Sam
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PostPosted: Sat 20 Sep, 2008 12:26 pm    Post subject: 13 cont.         Reply with quote

Kerry, How about making the guard look like a recumbant 3 with filed in 1's as decoration? I think 13 fullers might be a bit over the top, but maybe 13 runes or letters in the blade?
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Matthew Stagmer
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PostPosted: Tue 07 Oct, 2008 3:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Christian Callender wrote:
Kerry,

Long time no see! I bought my first sword from you at the MD Ren Faire back in '89 or '90.

How long will the grip be? Maybe 13 inches? If not, perhaps 13 cord risers underneath the grip material?

I can't wait to see the end result, whatever it looks like, and as I'm still in MD (Columbia) I might have to stop by the shop sometime.

Cheers!

Christian


Hey Christian, we always invite customers to stop by the shop and see how it's all done. Just make sure you give us a call before you come. We often are at lunch or getting into other stuff. Still got your sword from Kerry? Would love to get pictures of some of his older work for our website.

-Matt

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PostPosted: Tue 07 Oct, 2008 3:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like the 13 runes or letters on the blade idea. I also like the 13 facets. You don't see odd numbered facets often.

Kerry ground the blade and HT it. I am sure he will get some pictures up soon. He has been a damascus making mad man this last week.

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PostPosted: Mon 03 Nov, 2008 6:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It is time for an update on this project.

I have the blade ground and polished, so I gave it a fast etch and took some pictures. This is not our final finish, but you get the idea.





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PostPosted: Wed 05 Nov, 2008 12:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This slipped under my radar somehow. Nice work! Sounds very lucky though; all those 13's have to cancel out somewhere, right?

M.

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Mark Gearon




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Nov, 2008 3:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It looks fantastic, keep up the good work Happy
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PostPosted: Thu 17 Feb, 2011 6:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

About time for an update.

Kerry and I have held on to this blade for a long time now. It being 13 themed we both knew that at some point we wanted to finish her up and give it to our older brother Emory because his favorite number is 13 and because Kerry wanted him to have his first pattern welded sword blade.

This weekend is Emory's 50th birthday and gave us the proper excuse to get this baby done.

Here it is as it sits. More finishing and final etch still needs to be done but it is pretty much together.





There are 13 modules on the hilt and 13 facets on the pommel. yes 13...that was fun math!
The handle is tiger stripe maple leftover from Paul Reed Smith(http://www.prsguitars.com) and still needs some hand sanding and finish.
Emory is a musician to say the least and this is an extra detail just for him.

Thanks for looking. Comments welcome.

Matthew Stagmer
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PostPosted: Fri 18 Feb, 2011 12:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, that looks way better than I would have ever imagined great work guys, I really love the way the hilt turned out, and I sure Emory will love it too.
Éirinn go Brách
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PostPosted: Tue 22 Feb, 2011 9:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here is the engraving that I worked up for the blade.



Made sure the deer had 13 point rack.

This will be diamond scribe egraved on the blade after etch.

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PostPosted: Tue 22 Feb, 2011 12:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cool etching, this piece just seems to be getting better and better :-)
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