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G. Ghazarian
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PostPosted: Sat 23 May, 2009 2:17 pm    Post subject: Type XVa         Reply with quote

Hello everyone.

Just finished this Type XVa sword, one of my favorite types - classic, simple and very elegant.

Specs as follows:


Total length ---------- 55 1/2 inches
Blade length --------- 41 1/2
COG -------------------- 3 3/4
Blade steel ------------ 5160
Weight ------------------ 4 lb 6 oz

As sharp as a reinforced needle and a knife and with a blade width of 2" and a thickness of 0.320" at the forte, she is as stiff and rigid as a toothpick.

Enjoy and thanks for looking.

Gabriel



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PostPosted: Sat 23 May, 2009 2:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Is that a cross inset into the pommel? That's really neat.
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PostPosted: Sat 23 May, 2009 3:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The inset is a reticulated (samorodok) medalion that I have made, with an outline or a hint of a cross. It is a difficult technique but most importantly, it is a challenge.

Nathan, I appreciate your attention to detail, Thank you.

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PostPosted: Sat 23 May, 2009 4:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

G,

Very nice!

One question though: Do you make your own blades or do you just do customizations to swords? If so, what is your sword of preference to work on?

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PostPosted: Sat 23 May, 2009 4:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is a very nice sword -- perhaps the longest XVa that I've seen.

I really like the pommel inset. It takes a second for the cross pattee to emerge. Do you have a close-up photo of it?
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PostPosted: Sat 23 May, 2009 5:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

JE Sarge wrote:
G,

Very nice!

One question though: Do you make your own blades or do you just do customizations to swords? If so, what is your sword of preference to work on?


Thanks for your compliment Jonathan.

Customization, yes I have done that, but that was some time ago. It was a way of learning and practicing. I even do that now occasionally, but I always announce it, and give credit where credit is due.

Otherwise, it is my work, 100%. I am a believer in doing it yourself if you want it done right, or don't do it, buy it from somebody who can.

I only send out for heat treating to people who specialize in it, something I don't want to fool around with.

I like working on all types, but I must admit, I am biased when it comes to the Type XX or XXa. I love them. They are a real challenge to grind, and I am crazy for challenge. The area of transition from the fullers on the ricasso to the facets of the blade is what makes or breaks the beauty of the blade.

Gabriel

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PostPosted: Sat 23 May, 2009 5:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
That is a very nice sword -- perhaps the longest XVa that I've seen.

I really like the pommel inset. It takes a second for the cross pattee to emerge. Do you have a close-up photo of it?


Roger, I'll take close up pictures of both sides for you in the daylight tomorrow, I hope you don't mind.

Thanks for your good words.

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PostPosted: Sat 23 May, 2009 5:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, I really like this one. I think this is my favorite among the other ones you made. Practical yet elegant. Very good job on the pommel!

I also like the shape of the grip....

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PostPosted: Sat 23 May, 2009 7:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Hugo, I'm glad you like this one.
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PostPosted: Sun 24 May, 2009 9:53 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Close up of the insets with a diameter of 1 1/8 inches.


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PostPosted: Sun 24 May, 2009 10:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That medallion is really beautiful. It has the virtue of being a modern design that honors the past.
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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 1:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Am I reading those dimensions correctly? 55.5"?

WOW, that thing must be a monster in person!

In terms of proportions, I think you got this one spot-on, Gabriel. It all comes together to work beautifully!

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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 1:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That inset is simply stunning in close detail. It has an amazing antiquated look to it.

I'd really like to see how you do the samorodok process you've spoke of to bring out the design. Big Grin

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PostPosted: Tue 26 May, 2009 5:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
That medallion is really beautiful. It has the virtue of being a modern design that honors the past.


Thanks Roger, I like the way you put it!

Reticulation however, I don't think is modern jewelry per se, Carl Faberge only promoted it in the 1800's and called it "samorodok", which basically means reticulation.

Thanks for your good words Jeremiah. That's right, it is a good 55.5 inches long! The XVa-2L /2W on my website is even 2 inches taller http://gloryships.com/pages/swords-all/page-01/02-XVa-2L.html
and was inspired by this one, having more or less the same dimensions;



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PostPosted: Tue 26 May, 2009 5:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

JE Sarge wrote:
That inset is simply stunning in close detail. It has an amazing antiquated look to it.

I'd really like to see how you do the samorodok process you've spoke of to bring out the design. Big Grin


Thanks Jonathan, I appreciate it.

The process of reticulation is no secret, it is pretty well covered on the internet. It is a matter of controlled technique and a very thorough knowledge and practice of the process. I would say, it's almost like cooking - recipes are available everywhere, but still everybody cooks differently.

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PostPosted: Thu 28 May, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It just looks great. Not sure what makes it that way, but it does.

Maybe it's the lenght that gives it such... lissom appearence?
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PostPosted: Thu 28 May, 2009 6:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you Bartek.

I'm glad you like it.

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