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Michael Pearce
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Aug, 2009 2:55 pm    Post subject: 'nother Hacker         Reply with quote


Oakeshott Type: n/a
Overall Length: 31 inches
Blade Length: 24-1/4 inches
Blade width @ Base: 1-1/2 inches
Blade Width 6-1/4 inches from point: 2-1/16 inch
Blade Thickness @ Base: .210 inch
Blade Thickness 2 inches from Point: .160 inch
Hilt Overall Length: 6-3/4 inches
Length of Handle: 4-1/8 inches
Center of Gravity: 4-1/8 inches from guard
Location of Blade Node (measured from Guard): 18-1/4 inches
Primary Hilt Node: approx. 1/2 inch from cross on handle
Weight: 2lbs 12 oz
Falchion in the style of the 14thC. Blade is 5160 spring steel hardened to HRc58-60, then selectively drawn down to HRc45-48 through the center of the blade, shoulders and tang. Furniture is Mild Steel. The handle is sandwiched hardwood wrapped in linen cord and covered with a brown chrome-tanned leather. Hilt components are secured with epoxy. The massive tang is passed through the pommel and peened to secure the hilt. Sword will be provided with a simple black leather scabbard.

This style of falchion is similar to an example housed in the Musee de la Armee in France and is represented in art of the period as well. This example is made from relativey thin stock and has no distal taper until the last 6-1/2 inches or so. The point is quite stout and could be used for thrusting, perhaps even through mail. The point in the cutting edge at the widest part of the blade focuses the blades mass very effectively. Despite being relatively heavy the sword remains quite handy due to it's short overall length, feeling agile and able to change directions quite quickly.

More pictures here- http://www.tinkerswords.com/Page%203.html

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Aug, 2009 1:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Another beautiful one. I'm really starting to develop an interest in the medieval single sided blades like the falchion. Hopefully will get one in the collection one day, after my current project :-) of course. Have you done any test cutting with one of these blades?
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Michael Pearce
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PostPosted: Thu 20 Aug, 2009 7:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael B. wrote:
Have you done any test cutting with one of these blades?


Yes- they cut very well indeed, on hard targets like tree branches as well as on more 'standard' targets like 2L water bottles etc.

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 1:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael

Another great looking Falchion, more of these unusual Falchions and Choppers (Maciejowski period) should be recreated.

I also like the 'Chopper' style Falchion at the bottom of your page with the cut-out (notch) based on the Drawing by Villard de Honnecourt.

You mentioned that this style of Falchion is represented in art of the period.
Do you have any pics to post or can you list examples so I can hunt the artwork down?
A list of the books they appear in would be great.

Thanks

Danny
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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 7:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Several example appear on the carved panels of the The Chest of Croutrai, showing this style of falchion worn at the belt. I'll try to chase down the other pics; it's been some time since I looked into this...
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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 10:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here, perhaps:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Chest_o...hion_w.jpg
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Aug, 2009 11:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The scabbard for this sword is now completed as well- here's a pic:
http://www.tinkerswords.com/2009044scabbard.jpg[/url]

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