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David Wilson




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PostPosted: Thu 16 Sep, 2010 1:47 pm    Post subject: The Magic of Erik Stevenson         Reply with quote

... Subject line sounds like a bad '70's era easy-listening LP. Sorry 'bout that....

...But there's no other way to describe the work of this much-lamented talent. It is a darn shame he is no longer in the sword biz, as a "Hammerman" or "swordslipper" or whatever you'd prefer to call it. His work ethic, professionalism, and attention to detail were amazing. He was one of very few modern makers to have mastered the turk's-head knot; ElJay Erickson is another who uses turk's heads on occasion, beyond that I'm not sure who else does them (Hanwei uses turk's heads on some of their basket-hilts, how they make them, or if they use some kind of short-cut, I have no idea). Erik knew how a sword should feel, how it should behave, and he made swords with those concepts in mind. He had a broad range and could make swords from just about any era or culture. And I am extremely fortunate to own three of his creations.

Anyway, let me shut up and let the pictures speak for themselves. And if you have any pictures of any other Erik Stevenson/Phoenix Metal Creations stuff, post 'em!



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PostPosted: Thu 16 Sep, 2010 1:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow! They are all beautiful, but the clamshell claymore is really something! Great looking, elegant, excellent finish, everything...
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PostPosted: Thu 16 Sep, 2010 2:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here is one of Erik Stevenson's Scottish baskethilts - one of the best I've seen. I wish it was mine.


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PostPosted: Thu 16 Sep, 2010 8:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow those are very nice. I wonder why he got out of the game. Looks like he has a great amount of talent!

Thanks for putting those up so we can all see them!

RPM
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PostPosted: Fri 17 Sep, 2010 5:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If I remember right, my schaviona hilt was made by Erik Stevenson with the blade made by Angus Trim.

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PostPosted: Fri 17 Sep, 2010 6:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Erik's work was amazing. I have owned four of his pieces in the past, though three of them are no longer in my collection.

Complex hilted bastard sword:



http://www.myArmoury.com/bill_swor_pmc_bast1.html

Pappenheimer rapier (now in the collection of Nathan Robinson)



http://www.myArmoury.com/bill_swor_pmc_papp.html

A swept hilt rapier that I don't have a picture of...


And this amazing composite piece of an antique 18th century smallsword blade married to an Erik Stevenson hilt:



http://www.myArmoury.com/bill_swor_pmc_loop.html

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PostPosted: Fri 17 Sep, 2010 7:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Randall Moffett wrote:
Wow those are very nice. I wonder why he got out of the game. Looks like he has a great amount of talent!

Thanks for putting those up so we can all see them!

RPM


IIRC he stopped doing sword work due to complications with a shoulder injury sustained while serving in the Marine Corps.
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PostPosted: Fri 17 Sep, 2010 3:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's what I've got.

Left to right: Pappenheimer, "Sinclair-hilted" Backsword, Hand-and-a-Half Sword, Type 1 Schiavona, Type 2b Schiavona

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PostPosted: Fri 17 Sep, 2010 3:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here are some other Erik Stevenson creations:


















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