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Brian K.
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PostPosted: Sat 13 Feb, 2010 3:32 pm    Post subject: Custom Handmade Scabbard: Albion Munich         Reply with quote

Hello myArmoury Community,

I'd like to share a personal project of mine. I purchased this Munich off of a fellow myArmoury member sometime last year, and alway's wanted to make something special for it. I added the wire-wrap earlier this year, and I have just now recently finished the scabbard.

Please feel free to chime in, and thank's for looking.







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PostPosted: Sat 13 Feb, 2010 3:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As always brian thats some great work.
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PostPosted: Sat 13 Feb, 2010 3:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful work, just beautiful. I love what you've done with the sword as well. The Munich is probably one of the best swords I've had the pleasure to own second only to the Brescia Spadona and your handiwork with the Munich just makes it that much better. Good show man!!
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Brian K.
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Thank you gent's. It has turned into one of my favorite's, and I'm extremely glad that it is in my collection.
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PostPosted: Sat 13 Feb, 2010 6:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Brian, your work never ceases to amaze me. This is gorgeous, first class work. I've always thought that the Munich had kind of dark and menacing look about it. The aesthetics of scabbard contrasts that nicely, without being drastic and out of place. The balance between intricacy and simplicity is absolutely perfect. I must say that the chappe is very unusual. Honestly, I didn't really care for it at first, but the more I look at it the more it seems to work with the overall design. Did you draw any inspiration from historical sources for this one, or did you just let your imagination take over and go from there? Again, great job and I look forward to all your future work.

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PostPosted: Sat 13 Feb, 2010 7:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Josh MacNeil wrote:
Brian, your work never ceases to amaze me. This is gorgeous, first class work. I've always thought that the Munich had kind of dark and menacing look about it. The aesthetics of scabbard contrasts that nicely, without being drastic and out of place. The balance between intricacy and simplicity is absolutely perfect. I must say that the chappe is very unusual. Honestly, I didn't really care for it at first, but the more I look at it the more it seems to work with the overall design. Did you draw any inspiration from historical sources for this one, or did you just let your imagination take over and go from there? Again, great job and I look forward to all your future work.

Cheers,

-JM


Thank's Josh. No specific historical inspiration here, just pure imagination. The original sword which the Munich was based on was so beautifully decorated that I felt inspired to come up with something on my own that I felt complimented the sword well enough. I tossed around a few idea's, and then this one came to me and stuck. I got it down on paper and brought it to fruition. During the construction process different idea's came and went, but I stuck with the original plan the whole way. I'm glad I did.

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PostPosted: Sun 14 Feb, 2010 11:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's not a scabbard, that's a work of art! I love the chape. Did you make it as well? You should post a tutorial on how you made the scroll work in the leather.
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Feb, 2010 3:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice work Brian, this may be my favorite piece you've done. The chape appears to be from a LOTR Strider scabbard....if it is, how was the quality (I've always wondered if they were steel or pot metal like the hilt fittings).
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Feb, 2010 3:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank's Dan.

It was a salvage from a Anduril scabbard. Scrapped it a few years ago but held onto the chape. Finally came into use. It's solid and well built, but appears to be a pot metal.

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PostPosted: Sun 14 Feb, 2010 5:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow! Great work.
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Feb, 2010 1:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful! This sword really went to a good home. May we see a photo of it unsheathed, next to the scabbard?

I've got to get another one of these... I miss the Munich.
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Feb, 2010 7:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

T. Hamilton wrote:
You should post a tutorial on how you made the scroll work in the leather.


Sorry about the request. I didn't realize you do this for a living when I posted. Surprised BTW, the work on your site was just as impressive!
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T. Hamilton wrote:
T. Hamilton wrote:
You should post a tutorial on how you made the scroll work in the leather.


Sorry about the request. I didn't realize you do this for a living when I posted. Surprised BTW, the work on your site was just as impressive!


No worries, or apology necessary Cool

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PostPosted: Mon 15 Feb, 2010 8:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It looks fantastic! Well your work usually looks that way anyways, but here somehow the organic flowing lines fit really well with the long blade.
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Feb, 2010 12:51 pm    Post subject: custom scabbard- albion munich         Reply with quote

Hi Brian,
That is one of most beautiful scabbards that I have seen.
The scrollwork is incredible and the chape may be potmetal
but it fits perfectly with the design.
I really am blown away. Well done.
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Feb, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject: Re: custom scabbard- albion munich         Reply with quote

Peter Cowan wrote:
Hi Brian,
That is one of most beautiful scabbards that I have seen.
The scrollwork is incredible and the chape may be potmetal
but it fits perfectly with the design.
I really am blown away. Well done.
Peter


The chape is something I held onto over the year's, if for no particular reason other than a 'maybe' for some project. Turn's out it worked well for the Munich. I aged it and gave it a 'handmade' look, and quite honestly you can't tell the difference. Most of the time I would make a chape, but in this particular case I couldn't make one any better than this. Saves time & money too.

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Hi Brian,

yes, it's a nice work, but the "mouth" of this scabbard (sorry, but I don't know the right English term for this part...) is very, very unusual for the late 15th century, I think - this feature seems to me very old-fashioned for a scabbard of this period...

If you know any originals with this detail from the late 15th century, please let me know.

I don't.

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Martin Fischer wrote:
Hi Brian,

yes, it's a nice work, but the "mouth" of this scabbard (sorry, but I don't know the right English term for this part...) is very, very unusual for the late 15th century, I think - this feature seems to me very old-fashioned for a scabbard of this period...

If you know any originals with this detail from the late 15th century, please let me know.

I don't.

Regards

Martin


I believe a terminated leather throat would be more historically accurate, and the 'rain guard' if you want to call it that would actually be on the sword itself wrapped over guard and hanging down below the blade. When sheathed the 'rain guard' on the sword would slide over the scabbard. (see picture)

Ultimately though, I made something aesthetically pleasing for myself, and not something completely historically accurate, down to the date at least. Visually, I felt very compelled to place a rain guard flap off of the scabbard, even though a terminated mouth would probably be more likely in that time period. With nothing there at all, such would be the case with a terminated throat, it wouldn't look nearly as good.

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I don't know if you do so already but you may want to consider offering to do rainguards as part of your regripping. It is clear you would have the skill to do them once you had learnt the methods if you haven't already.
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PostPosted: Sat 27 Feb, 2010 11:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

P. Norton wrote:
Beautiful! This sword really went to a good home. May we see a photo of it unsheathed, next to the scabbard?

I've got to get another one of these... I miss the Munich.


As per your request:



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