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PostPosted: Mon 16 Mar, 2009 7:05 pm    Post subject: Thorpe Falchion reproduction         Reply with quote

Based on a blade crafted by Ollin Sword Design. The Norwich Castle Museum was kind enough to provide detailed photos of the original to assist in this endeavor. More photos, including some progress images, can be found on my site:

http://www.christianfletcher.com/Christian_Fl...chion.html



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I don't know what it is about this sword, but I have always really liked the shape of this blade.

The hilt-work, especially the pommel, is very nicely-done!

Always a real treat to see your work, Christian!

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PostPosted: Tue 17 Mar, 2009 1:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have always love falchions and that is a beauty.

Great work Christian/Ollin

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PostPosted: Tue 17 Mar, 2009 2:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That really looks fantastic.




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PostPosted: Tue 17 Mar, 2009 2:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My heart skipped a beat here. That is a simply stunning work of art! I love it!
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PostPosted: Tue 17 Mar, 2009 4:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is undoubtedly the best recreation of this sword I've seen yet, very unique and tastefully done in its elements. Kudos to everyone involved.

I wish it was mine. Big Grin
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It is on its way to me as of today... looking forward to it and taking some more pictures in hand....

I haven't heard back from the museum curator, Alan West yet, although I'm sure they will really enjoy seeing such an awesome recreation....
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PostPosted: Wed 18 Mar, 2009 4:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks simply spectacular!

Congratulations Chris! That is a superb falchion you are getting. Possibly the nicest I have ever seen.

I also would like to commend the people who made this. Good job on the blade Mark! The hilt and scabbard are excelent as well!


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PostPosted: Wed 18 Mar, 2009 11:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I agree with what others are saying, this is simply phenomenal. I really like the bronze pommel, this always looks good on a sword. Since you first started posting here Chris you have accumulated a very enviable collection.

Since being made aware of the historicla peice this was based on I always thought from an aesthetic point of view the end termination of the guard would have looked better with a stronger shape. The rest of the piece has no many nice curves to it that if this had been done differently it may have complimented the overall look more.

I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, but that which it protects. (Faramir, The Two Towers)
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PostPosted: Thu 19 Mar, 2009 7:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is a gorgeous piece. The blade looks perfect. The guard looks perfect. The pommel is a work of art. The scabbard is gorgeous. Great stuff!
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PostPosted: Sun 22 Mar, 2009 4:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Everything arrived safely... Great packing with a gun case by the way.... Thank-you.

Holy crap is it a beautiful huge meat cleaver.... I'm very impressed. Thank-you Christian and Ollin



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PostPosted: Sun 22 Mar, 2009 4:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Un flipping beleivable, that is heirloom quality. Well done commissioning this work Chris. You cetainly picked the right people to do it.
I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, but that which it protects. (Faramir, The Two Towers)
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PostPosted: Sun 22 Mar, 2009 8:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I look forward to Christian's work with some other projects as well. He is currently working on a scabbard for my Svante, which remains my favorite sword. He is also going to start working on another Blade from Ollin, a saber. I really like the Swiss saber, however, we will see if we can come up wth somethng more detailed and perhaps even more complex... but I really do love that swiss saber.

In addition to authentic recreation, I do like the fantasy stuff as well. I'd love to see what we could come up with for a scabbard for Excaliber, er I mean, my discerner... At least you have total freedom to come up with something original...

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Since being made aware of the historical peice this was based on I always thought from an aesthetic point of view the end termination of the guard would have looked better with a stronger shape. The rest of the piece has no many nice curves to it that if this had been done differently it may have complimented the overall look more.


No doubt that the original creator could have been a bit more artistic, but that is what we have Peter J for now Wink

Thank-you again to Christian Fletcher and Ollin I can't say enough about the blade either, the blade is phenomenal....
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PostPosted: Sun 22 Mar, 2009 10:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here are some more pics:


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PostPosted: Sun 29 Mar, 2009 3:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

How is it that the sword fits into the scabbard given the widening towards the tip of the blade and the scabbard echoes this shape? Was the opening of the scabbard made to allow the widest part of the sword entry? Does a snug fit on the thickness of the blade prevent movement?

Nicely done, BTW.
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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 2:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Christian

A great reproduction of this awesome Falchion.

Can you post the dimensions and weight of the finished sword?

Overall Length:
Blade Length:
Blade Width:
Grip Length:
Crossguard Length:
Weight:

Thanks

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 2:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is great that some dimensions were obtained leading to this reproduction,

I would be interested in hearing about the thickness (or thinness) of the blade. I was interested, at one point, in obtaining an accurate reproduction of this falchion but I remember reading somewhere on this site that the blade of the original is extremely thin- perhaps beyond what we normally think of regarding the thinness of even a cutting oriented weapon.

Were actual measurements taken of the original and reproduced in this piece?

How thin does the blade on this reproduction feel- is the blade somewhat flexible- or does this reproduction have a rather robust blade?

What is the composition of the pommel and how is the decoration applied?

This is indeed a beautiful piece!

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 3:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, I'm not Christian or Chris. However, I was supplied by Alan West with thickness measurements that I passed on to Chris and the boys at Ollin. How closely they were followed I'm not sure (I know for instance that a couple inches of probably missing point were added back in)...but the original measurements were available (and probably pretty closely followed).
Interestingly enough the blade is 5mm thick at the cross. Apparently there was a typo when measurements were given to Sean Flynt for his article, thus leading to the perception that the blade was very thin.
I hope this helps,
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Dan Dickinson wrote:
Well, I'm not Christian or Chris. However, I was supplied by Alan West with thickness measurements that I passed on to Chris and the boys at Ollin. How closely they were followed I'm not sure (I know for instance that a couple inches of probably missing point were added back in)...but the original measurements were available (and probably pretty closely followed).
Interestingly enough the blade is 5mm thick at the cross. Apparently there was a typo when measurements were given to Sean Flynt for his article, thus leading to the perception that the blade was very thin.
I hope this helps,
Dan


Ah! Thanks for the information,

That's very helpful!

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 5:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's a link to the dimensions from the museum's webpage for the Falchion. There's no pictures unfortunately.


"http://www.culturalmodes.norfolk.gov.uk/projects/nmaspub5.asp?page=item&itemId=NWHCM : 1833.57 : A"


You need to copy and paste the address above without the Quotation marks.
The web address doesn't hyperlink properly due to the spaces.


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