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The Cutlass is:
not a weapon I'm interested in
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a weapon I would like in my collection
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not my usual interest but I like this one
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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jan, 2010 12:15 am    Post subject: Cutlass work in progress         Reply with quote

I am documenting the process of making this piece on my blog and thought you might like to see it here as well.
I forged the blade a couple of months ago so this is about crafting the hilt.


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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jan, 2010 12:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here are the steps so far.

Knuckle bow and thumb-ring after forging:




Thumb-ring after shaping and polishing:




Knuckle-bow in-let for the tang, and rough shaped:


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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jan, 2010 8:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks great so far. I will be watching this one for sure!
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jan, 2010 3:32 am    Post subject: Cutlass work in progress         Reply with quote

Ben,
When that cutlass of yours is finished I hope you'll show the pictures. Wink

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jan, 2010 8:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I finished shaping the knuckle bow and forged the shell guard:

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Of my work torn hands-

For I have chosen the path I tread
Knowing it would be steep,
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jan, 2010 8:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Whats the shell forged from? Is it wrought or something?
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jan, 2010 9:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

1018 mild steel, wrought it really hard to get on this side of the country, I'm looking for it but it is elusive.
Also, I thought that the steel would work better for this design,

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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jan, 2010 12:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

nice design ben! I look forward to seeing this one progress.

cheers Jeff
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jan, 2010 1:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cutlasses are one of my favorite type of swords.Alas, my current financial state does not allow me to buy one and has reduced me to a window-shopper.

Nevertheless... you have an excellent sense of design and function, therefore i'd very much like to see, what will unveil.

Merlon
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PostPosted: Fri 15 Jan, 2010 11:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Made it back to the shop today for a bit and shaped the shell guard.

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jan, 2010 1:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here is the days progress, Polished the shell guard, and started the engraving:

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jan, 2010 3:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

i like this one, not my period but beautiful
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jan, 2010 1:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lookin good so far Ben.
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jan, 2010 1:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ben Potter wrote:
1018 mild steel, wrought it really hard to get on this side of the country, I'm looking for it but it is elusive.
Also, I thought that the steel would work better for this design,


I bought about 100 lbs of wrought from these folks. Seems to be good stuff, though it took me a couple tries finding the right heat to forge it at (you have to forge it *very* hot -- almost at white heat -- or it crumbles and splits ). I got it in 12" long sections of the 3/4" round and 1/4" x 2" flat. We are relatively local to each other...Let me know, and I'll let you have a piece, at cost, to try out.

The wrought is from an old (late 1800's, i believe?) grain elevator.

http://www.wisconsinwoodchuck.net/price_list_wrought_iron.pdf

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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jan, 2010 10:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

While not my usual interest, I will watch this as it goes along. Your projects are always interesting.

M.

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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jan, 2010 5:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I just have to say, I love this sword.

Great work!
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PostPosted: Sun 24 Jan, 2010 12:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cut in and rounded the background and drilled the holes for the rivets today.

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Jan, 2010 10:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like! Well done on the holes. I know how hard it is to get them lined up just right.
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PostPosted: Mon 25 Jan, 2010 8:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Getting the holes in the right places is a pain.
This piece is domed enough that I couldn't use the drill press and had to do it by hand to get the angles of the rivets right.

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For any other man's,
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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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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jan, 2010 10:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here is another days progress:



I chiseled in the lines of the engraving and did some polishing. it is the details that take forever.

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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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