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Michael Pearce
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Jun, 2009 2:22 pm    Post subject: 15thC.Bastardsword         Reply with quote



Oakeshott Type: XVIIIa
Overall Length: 44-3/4 inches
Blade Length: 34 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-5/8 inches
Blade Width 4 inches from point: 1 inch
Blade Thickness @ Base: .228 inch
Blade Thickness 2 inches from Point: .133 inch
Distal Taper is: Convex
Hilt Overall Length: 10-3/4 inches
Length of Handle: 8-5/16 inches
Guard Type: 2 with clubbed ends and recurved perpendicular to the plane of the blade.
Pommel Type: Unclassified (writhen)
Center of Gravity: 2-1/2 inches from guard
Location of Blade Node (measured from Guard): 20 inches
Primary Hilt Node: approx. 1/2 inch from cross on handle
Weight: 3lbs 2oz.

Sword in the style of Longswords of the 15th C. The blade is Marquenched 5160 spring steel tempered to HRc52-53 with tang, shoulder and spine of the blade which is drawn back to HRc45-48. The furniture is of mild steel. The guard is recurved perpendicular to the plane of the blade givin it the form of a gentle 's.' The scent-stopper pommel is 'writhen;' It's been ages since I did one of these pommels! Both the guard and the pommel are finished in 'antique' blue. The handle is sandwhiched hardwood wrapped in linen cord and covered in 'antique brown' leather. The hilt may be dismounted using a 5mm Allen wrench.

The handling of this sword is terrific; the close center of gravity fools you into thinking that the sword is lighter than it is but there is steel a good feel for the point. The relatively broad, stiff blade means that this will be a heck of a cutting sword.

Michael 'Tinker' Pearce
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Allen Foster




PostPosted: Wed 17 Jun, 2009 2:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Man O Man! That is one stunning sword Tinker. When & Where can I get one?
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Jim Mearkle




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PostPosted: Wed 17 Jun, 2009 2:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

On one-hand swords, I still prefer a complex hilt, but after years of rapier fighting, I'm surprised to find myself drawn to longswords and bastard swords. Something about the proportions is just... right. This one looks to be in the "how do I explain this to the wife" price range, so do me a favor and make sure it goes to a good home?
Jim
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Jun, 2009 3:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Now that is a really nice one - a great handler and a hilt just fancy enough to be interesting but not gaudy, and ,for me, a good blade length. The COG seems a little close to the hilt, but Tinker certainly knows what he's doing - balanced out by other factors in the blade, I'm sure. Too bad my sword money is committed elsewhere.
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Hugo Voisine




PostPosted: Wed 17 Jun, 2009 3:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What a beauty. Happy

Great work as usual Tinker.

I like how the quillons end. The flaring is more drastic than what we are accustomed to see on this kind of hilt. I like it. Big Grin

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Michael Pearce
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Jun, 2009 3:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Allen Foster wrote:
Man O Man! That is one stunning sword Tinker. When & Where can I get one?


Email or PM me!

Michael 'Tinker' Pearce
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Matt Lewis




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PostPosted: Wed 17 Jun, 2009 5:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

its lovely,

I'm really liking your recent longsword offerings,lessons in understated elegance......

Would love to see your take on one of the broad and flat xviiic cutters.

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Jun, 2009 7:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like the pommel. Very nice sword overall.

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Bram Verbeek





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PostPosted: Thu 18 Jun, 2009 1:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My eyes were drawn to the subtly s shaped guard, while maintaining an interesting cross section. I applaud you once more!
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Andrew Maxwell




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Jun, 2009 2:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow! That is beautiful. I love the writhen style pommels, there is just something so elegant about them.
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Jun, 2009 7:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Andrew Maxwell wrote:
Wow! That is beautiful. I love the writhen style pommels, there is just something so elegant about them.


I agree!!! Yum, yum! This has to be one of my favorite swords you've ever done, Michael. Absolutely fantastic! Big Grin

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Jun, 2009 2:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I also think that is one of my favorite guards (subtle, functional, but very interesting.) Great job!
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Maurizio D'Angelo




PostPosted: Thu 18 Jun, 2009 6:26 pm    Post subject: Re: 15thC.Bastardsword         Reply with quote

Michael Pearce wrote:

Sword in the style of Longswords of the 15th C. The blade is Marquenched 5160 spring steel tempered to HRc52-53 with tang, shoulder and spine of the blade which is drawn back to HRc45-48.



...a beautiful sword. I like a lot the pommel. It has a hard blade
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