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Fabrice Cognot
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PostPosted: Thu 14 May, 2009 2:35 am    Post subject: Left Hand Dagger         Reply with quote

Not for sale, but in happy hands now I hope - I myself am quite satisfied with what Fate, or Luck, depending on what works for you, decided.



It is again based on things I saw and played with in various collections. The idea was to make a dagger that would suit my needs in terms of features :
- wide quillons, at a 45 angle with the blade, to better catch and block the opponent's blade
- long, sharp and pointy blade - you're meant to kill with it, not just defend - yet still strong and able to withstand some abuse
- wide side ring to give good hand protection
- good pommel, teardrop-shaped cuz I like it
- thumb depression on the ricasso
- fancy fittings, blued because I wanted to try out.

The cross guard is hand forged and file-worked from a single piece of mild steel. The pommel is hand-forged almost to shape.
Blade is 1075 steel, diff quench (only the edges trhough subtle temperature control), tempered to blue for toughness.
Thanks to my little helpers in the forging process.

Fittings have been fire-blued as was done at this time.
Brass and steel wire on the grip.

Scabbard is as usual (veg tanned, natural pigments, mild steel fittings).


On with the piccies now :








I'm not too unhappy with that work, and even less unhappy with where it is now. Don't have dimensions yet, had no time to take measurements.

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PostPosted: Thu 14 May, 2009 11:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Not much to say other than very, very nice

It just looks right.

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PostPosted: Thu 14 May, 2009 3:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice enough work to be pleasing to the eye with just enough of the little imperfections to show the human handwork going into it. You have every right to be proud of this one. Happy
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