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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 2:57 am    Post subject: Die Fledermaus Falchion         Reply with quote


Click the image to go the the gallery page for the full pictures and the specs.

Here is a video of testing the blade:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=106aON-8h14

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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 3:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's a beautiful one. I love messers, and this one is incredibly nice.
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 3:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh yeah! We need more stuff like this.

Great work.

The sword is an ode to the strife of mankind.

"This doesn't look easy... but I bet it is!"
-Homer Simpson.
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 4:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

When I first saw this topic on the main page, I thought, "What do swords have to do with The Tick?

Great job on the falchion.

SPOON!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." - The Lord Jesus Christ, from The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, chapter x, verse 34, Authorized Version of 1611
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 5:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

this piece is just awesome
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 6:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well done Ben. That is one gothic beauty right there. I love the curves of this piece. Just flows nicely.
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Artis Aboltins




PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 6:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful weapon! Falchions are not, generally, my primary area of interest, but this one looks really, really nice.
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 7:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful work Ben, particularly love the guard.

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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 8:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is a very pretty piece. I love the grip, the wood is gorgeous. Well done!
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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 11:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks,
It is always a relief to know that I didn't go off the artistic deep end with a piece.

Ben Potter Bladesmith

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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 2:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My heart just skipped a beat.

I just want to pick that sucker up and start cutting, who's the lucky person that gets that beauty?

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Michael Eging




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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 4:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Definitely not off the artistic deep end on this! It is gorgeous. I love the flowing lines of the guard. Bravo!!

Cool

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Maurizio D'Angelo




PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 4:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael Eging wrote:
I love the flowing lines of the guard. Bravo!!
Cool


I find those lines on that very elegant guard, almost oriental elegance. Well done. Happy
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan, 2010 10:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I dont see this blade to often, kinda like the Messer John Lundemo made for Bill Grandy. The guard is a trip, but I love the grip!
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PostPosted: Wed 06 Jan, 2010 8:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

... ahhh, this looks to be skillfully executed, aesthetically pleasing to the eye,
and a very attractive piece of work, Mr. Potter. There's a touch of flamboyance
that doesn't detract from what is apparently a vicious looking -- as the notorious
Sword Buyers Guide would call it --

Slicer OR Chopper !

I also appreciate how you've created a link to an expansive view of this well
photographed sword. Nice choice of poses and background worthy of being
wallpaper on anyone's computer.
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PostPosted: Wed 06 Jan, 2010 8:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great work! Quite flexible too, I would have figured it would be "machete" stiff!

M.

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J.E. Sweeney




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PostPosted: Wed 06 Jan, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael B. wrote:
My heart just skipped a beat.

I just want to pick that sucker up and start cutting, who's the lucky person that gets that beauty?


I commissioned this piece but gave complete license to Ben. He sent me a sketch about a month and a half ago. I was thinking about a saber but he had been thinking about this piece for a while and I loved it. Ben is great to work with. Check out his blog. I was able to watch the entire process. If any of you are thinking about a commission, I higly recommend Mr. Potter.

Thanks Ben, cant wait to hold Die Fledermaus!

- JESW
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PostPosted: Wed 06 Jan, 2010 5:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is a great looking blade and hilt Ben. The artistry of the guard really caught my eye even though this type of blade does not interest me.

Congratulations on getting such a great looking blade J.E. Make sure to post some reviews when you get this beauty.

Scott

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PostPosted: Thu 07 Jan, 2010 7:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful blade and a great video! I like the flexibility of the blade.
And may the Lord bless you to! With His help I hope to order something pattern welded from you one day. ;-)
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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Thu 07 Jan, 2010 8:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for all tht kind words I'm glade you like it.

By the way,I've posted this elsewhere but as it was mentioned I thought I's add it. Here is a link to my blog where I post frequent updates on my work updates:





Ben Potter Bladesmith

It's not that I would trade my lot
For any other man's,
Nor that I will be ashamed
Of my work torn hands-

For I have chosen the path I tread
Knowing it would be steep,
And I will take the joys thereof
And the consequences reap.
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