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Matthew Stagmer
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jan, 2010 7:40 am    Post subject: Ride the Lightning, a viking inspired piece         Reply with quote

During one of our recent forge parties, Kerry decided that he wanted in on the action and through together a 15 layer 1070 and 15N20 billet. He forge welded it and drew it right out into a highly distal blade. I liked it so much that I had to mount it viking. It has no fuller, but the lightning like pattern just read viking to me. As you can see I had some fun with this one. Forged and ground the guard from a huge chunk of beautiful wrought. The pommel is mild steel with an etch to darken it(although the pictures make it look polished). I tried to incorporate some historical aspects with a bit of a twsit. This sword was atleast 3/8" thick at the shoulder and tapered out almost to a paper thin tip making it light in the hand. I dont think the pictures show how big this sword was.


Ladies and Gents I give to you Ride the Lightning.











More info and a story on this piece coming soon at http://baltimoreknife.com/lightningsword.htm

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jan, 2010 8:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks really great. I really like the look of the "lightning" flashes on the blade and also really like the guard and pommel. What is the grip made of? It looks interesting.

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Thanks Scott. The handle is stabelized and died maple burl. It's a favorite of mine. I have a nice piece of blue died burl that I a planning on saving for a pattern welded cutlass. The green looks almost natural though. Love it.
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Cool pattern in the blade. Interesting piece.
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jan, 2010 10:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

that is very nice looking i like it a lot and the guard is spot on and the blade pattern is very cool
I find the handle material a bit to modern looking for the rest of the sword for that's IMO

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Thanks guys. I like the overall piece a lot. I think if you saw the sword in person that the handle wouldn't throw you off as much. Either way I am happy with it. BTW I had a few PM's about pricing, but this piece was sold 1 day after I made it. I hardly even got to play with it.

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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jan, 2010 4:46 am    Post subject: Ride the Lightning, a Viking-inspired piece         Reply with quote

Matthew,
I realize that the sword's name sounds just like the title of Metallica's 2nd album Wink

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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jan, 2010 7:40 am    Post subject: Re: Ride the Lightning, a viking inspired piece         Reply with quote

Matthew Stagmer wrote:
This sword was atleast 3/8" thick at the shoulder and tapered out almost to a paper thin tip making it light in the hand. I dont think the pictures show how big this sword was.




A bit fantasy but I like the look of it and it does have a certain " art deco " feel but that is a good thing. Big Grin Cool


The thickness at the guard versus the thinnest of the tip sort of reminds me of my RavenWolf sword that also handles like a much lighter sword than it actually weighs: Curious about the dimensions, even if just a rough estimate if you didn't take note of them before shipping it out to the buyer. ( I assume that you may not have it around to take out the tape measure ? ).

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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jan, 2010 1:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The customer has become a pretty close friend of mine as many of my customers do, so I am able to get him to take some dimentions for me.

The overall length was 38 3/8" I guess it wasn't as long as it seemed, but it was a big sword. The POB was right on at 2 inches from the hilt. In hand it felt bigger then it was.

I wanted to keep the length of the grip around hand and half size mostly because it seemed wrong cutting down the damascus forged tang. I guess I could have cut it down a little and made it more of a one hander. I was never thinking historical on this piece. I will on the next one!

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