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Anders Backlund




Location: Sweden
Joined: 24 Oct 2007

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PostPosted: Thu 30 Oct, 2008 12:29 pm    Post subject: Two home project swords of mine.         Reply with quote

I recently finished the rough shaping of two swords I've been working on at home, so I wanted to share.

First up is a saber/backsword, Eldfågel. This project represents my attempt to fuse aestetic aspects I like in both Asian and Western swords into a single weapon. As you can see I haven't started on the tang yet.


Click thumbnail to enlarge.

If everything goes as planned, the hilt will feature a floral-shaped disc guard and a scent-stopper pommel, both if which I intend to cast in bronze.

Next up is a short sword, Skogsrå:


Apologies for the quality, I'm a bit of a crummy photographer.

I took some inspiration from Japanese swords with this one, but I actually rather think of it as a kind of messer. The hilt will be made mostly out of wood, in a style similar to our traditional knifes.

And here's a final shot of both swords side by side:



Both are made from a pieces of kick sled runner through stock removal, with no forging involved. I did take the short one to the smithy for some minor correction, which is why it has a bit of a dirty look. I'll probably do the same to the long one this coming week.

Thoughts an opinions are welcome. I'm doing this as a hobby and I tend to experiment a lot, so I'm of course interested in your impression.

The sword is an ode to the strife of mankind.

"This doesn't look easy... but I bet it is!"
-Homer Simpson.
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Scott Kowalski




Location: Oak Lawn, IL USA
Joined: 24 Nov 2006

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PostPosted: Thu 30 Oct, 2008 3:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Those are both looking good Anders. I look forward to seeing how they come out sa I have a slight fascination with wanting a blend of Asian and western sword styles. Please keep us posted as you make progress so we can see how they turn out.

Scott
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Ransom Prestridge




Location: Baltimore
Joined: 12 Jun 2006

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PostPosted: Thu 30 Oct, 2008 3:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like them, Anders! They have some interesting cross-breed characteristics that, when put together, may just be pretty intriguing as a whole. I'm very curious to see what you do with it!
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