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PostPosted: Wed 10 Dec, 2008 4:37 am    Post subject: New products from The English Cutler         Reply with quote

This is an unashamed bit of promotion.

The English Cutler www.theenglishcutler.co.uk is a small enterprise run by Tod (aka Leo Todeschini) from Tods Stuff that provides a range of historical knives made largely in a traditional way to traditional styles. Tods Stuff provides one off pieces, made by me and so has a higher price, The English Cutlers' products are standard products made to patterns I have supplied and so can be sold at a more competitive price.

The product range goes from seaxs through to 17thC eating knives and all are hand made from beggining to end and are meant to represent 'normal' peoples 'normal' daily items; so yes the finish is not perfect as indeed it so rarely ever was but also it means that they can be offered at a very competitive price for the level of accuracy acheived. Basically they are made to look, feel and work like the original items as best they can. Between Tods Stuff and The English Cutler there is a client list that has countless UK museums and institutions, but includes The Tower of London, Hampton court Palace, Royal Armouries, English Heritage, The Globe Theatre, The Mary Rose Trust and most recently the Victoria and Albert. If I was not happy with these items I would not put my name to them.

That being said for a while I have wanted to introduce some new items to the range and so here they are, they will not appear on the English Cutler website for a couple of months (me and technology are not the best of friends) and the stock is very limited at present so I thought I would notify my favourite forum first. Shipping all round the world is not a problem.

Eating knife, 3.5" blade, bone handle, brown sheath $67/£45
Eating set 3" blade plus pricker, ebony handles, black sheath $90/£60
Cooks set 5.25" and 7" blades, fruit wood handles $165/£110

Whittle tang dagger, 8.5" single edged blade, beech handle covered in leather, brown sheath $90/£60
Misericordia, 11" diamond section blade, beech handle, brown sheath $90/£60
Bollock dagger, 7.5" single edged blade, beech handle, brown sheath, $100/£66

Quillon dagger, 10" blade, diamond section, single fuller, beech handle, black scabbard $105/£70
Rondel, 13" HEAVY diamond section blade, steel rondels, horn grip and inserts, black scabbard$165/£110

Belt pouch in either black or brown in either medieval pointed or bollock styles £30/$45

Shipping can be done this week and so it should be there fro Christmas.

I hope you like the new range and thanks for reading this far.

Tod



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PostPosted: Wed 10 Dec, 2008 1:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There is one eating set left available.

Also I forgot to mention shipping charges. A dagger will be $18/£12 to Europe and $25/£16 to rest of the world

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PostPosted: Wed 10 Dec, 2008 4:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tod,
Great looking stuff. I really love the new rondel. Is it possible to get a close-up of the hilt?

Happy

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PostPosted: Wed 10 Dec, 2008 5:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chad Arnow wrote:
Tod,
Great looking stuff. I really love the new rondel. Is it possible to get a close-up of the hilt?


Me too, Chad. Me too. I almost broke down and bought it Happy

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PostPosted: Thu 11 Dec, 2008 12:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks guys I appreciate that.

I will get some closer and less foggy shots of the rondel today and get them up.

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Dec, 2008 2:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As requested I have posted up some closer pictures of the hilt.

Here are some stats, this is a hand made knife and so although it is made as a small production run there will be differences from one knife to another.

Blade 13"
between rondels 4"
POB 1" from base rondel
Blade width 1"
Blade thickness .43"
Grip Buffalo horn
Spacers buffalo horn
Construction method traditional with rivetted top rondel, but with addition of glue to components
Scabbard simple double layer with thong suspension, hand stiched
Weight 1lb 5oz - this is no lightweight.



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PostPosted: Fri 12 Dec, 2008 5:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Please someone buy that rondel, or I will and my wife will kill me...
It really looks great. Love the detail on the horn spacers, and I really like the shape of the end rondel.

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Dec, 2008 7:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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Gordon Clark wrote
Please someone buy that rondel, or I will and my wife will kill me...
It really looks great. Love the detail on the horn spacers, and I really like the shape of the end rondel.


Thanks Gordon, that made me smile which is always welcome on a Friday afternoon (here)

I guess men + knives + wives are the same the world over...........

I had 3 originally and now there is one left

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Dec, 2008 7:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm very interested in one of those rondels, but can't move on one right now. Since it'll be a regular offering, I should be able to remedy that down that road. Happy
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Dec, 2008 10:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

God I love that Rondel! Drool.....
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Dec, 2008 12:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Leo Todeschini wrote:
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Gordon Clark wrote
Please someone buy that rondel, or I will and my wife will kill me...
It really looks great. Love the detail on the horn spacers, and I really like the shape of the end rondel.


Thanks Gordon, that made me smile which is always welcome on a Friday afternoon (here)

I guess men + knives + wives are the same the world over...........

I had 3 originally and now there is one left

Tod


Knives or wives? One can get a modicum of relief with the classic rationalization "It's not a gun."

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Dec, 2008 12:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

James Aldrich wrote:
Leo Todeschini wrote:
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Gordon Clark wrote
Please someone buy that rondel, or I will and my wife will kill me...
It really looks great. Love the detail on the horn spacers, and I really like the shape of the end rondel.


Thanks Gordon, that made me smile which is always welcome on a Friday afternoon (here)

I guess men + knives + wives are the same the world over...........

I had 3 originally and now there is one left

Tod


Knives or wives? One can get a modicum of relief with the classic rationalization "It's not a gun."

JSA


Nice attempt, but because of the law in Europe it doesn“t work that way for all of us.
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James Aldrich wrote:


..... One can get a modicum of relief with the classic rationalization "It's not a gun."

JSA


It's not that, just the fact of me buying something else. I guess I could try "But I really wanted this $1000 sword, but I only spent X", but I think she would still get me. Oh well - trying hard to resist...
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If she'd agree to kill you with this particular dagger, it might be worth it.
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I hope I can post some impressions on the cutlery line just before Christmas Wink
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PostPosted: Sat 13 Dec, 2008 12:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sean Flynt wrote:
If she'd agree to kill you with this particular dagger, it might be worth it.


I think I'm going to try this one. If I don't post for a couple of months, the wife may own that Rondel!! Eek!

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PostPosted: Tue 23 Dec, 2008 9:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gordon Clark wrote:
Please someone buy that rondel, or I will and my wife will kill me...
It really looks great. Love the detail on the horn spacers, and I really like the shape of the end rondel.

Gordon


Well, I *did* buy this, just to spare you the temptation Big Grin

And I have to say it is an AMAZING piece! Worth every penny, and then some. Even with the rougher finish, it is really a great piece (and if it bugs me too much I suppose I can go ahead, get my sandpaper out, and put some elbow grease into it). The grip is perfectly executed, along with the cross and pommel pieces.

This really puts to shame any Windlass dagger (or sword, for that matter) out there. The excellent and historically faithful design (far better than any Windlass offering I've ever seen), coupled with good craftsmanship, makes for an incredible addition to my collection, and is really giving me incentive to get off my behind and finish the rest of my kit, if only for this years upcoming Renn Faire. Tod claims that there are some modern shortcuts taken, but whatever they are they sure aren't obvious.

Given that this is a piece that Tod merely *designed* whets my appetite for a piece he actually builds himself.
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PostPosted: Tue 23 Dec, 2008 1:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, I purchased the bollock knife, and I must say, if this is the quality of "off-the-shelf" work from Tod, then I can't wait to see the early Scottish dirk I commissioned! The bollock knife is hand carved, nicely sanded, and fits together without any gaps or flaws. The double-lined sheath is nicely decorated (even the back!). First rate, Tod!!! Big Grin
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PostPosted: Fri 26 Dec, 2008 2:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

At my door today, resting comfortably atop my annual shipment of Folio Society books, was another small parcel from the UK. That would be my horn-handled rondel and words fail me. It is beautiful and . . . substantial, in every sense of the word. But for the risk of confiscation I would wear it openly into the city. Alas for our unenlightened times.

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