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PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010 12:12 pm    Post subject: Couple new swords from Odinblades         Reply with quote

Hey guys,

Here's a Scottish basket hilt broadsword with a E.B. Erickson hilt and a super wide blade by Odinblades.

Also, a type XII broadsword, 38 3/4 inches total length and 31 7/8 inch blade. Better specs to come.

Enjoy the pictures. More are available on the website. Thanks.



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PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Couple new swords from Odinblades         Reply with quote

John Lundemo wrote:


Here's a Scottish basket hilt broadsword with a E.B. Erickson hilt and a super wide blade by Odinblades.


Mmmm, beefy!

Earlier this summer I got a chance to inspect items from the Royal Armouries on display at the Frazier Museum in Louisville.

I was particularly struck by the fact that several of the late 18th and early 19th century swords there had MUCH stouter-appearing blades than we're used to seeing in reproductions.

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PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010 1:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very very nice

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PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010 1:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful. Those historical basket-hilts with the wide blades are crazy. Your's looks particularly wide. I bet it's very thin to maintain dynamics. Very nice work. That must be a chore to grind.
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PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I always love seeing new swords from Odinblades and these two are no exception! That Scottish basket hilt looks like a monster of a sword and I really like the clean lines of the type XII!!

Outstanding work, as always!
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PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010 1:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That basket-hilt is just plain awesome. Out of curiosity, was the blade made before the hilt or the hilt before the blade ? Did you made the assembly ?
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PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010 1:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The baskethilt is simply wicked. Looks like a beast.

Not that XIIa isn't great too.

Congratulations.

I can't seem to find more pictures on your site though, a little help here?
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PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010 4:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks to John for showing off the new basket hilt in my collection. The project was to recreate the basket hilt of Lord George Murray, the great Lieutentant-General of the Jacobite army in 1745-46. The basket is the surperb work of EJ Ericson and has been shown-off before but prior to sending it off to John for a blade. Although extensive reserach indicates there are no weapons traceable to Lord George, there is a portrait of him c. 1745 in the collection of the Duke of Atholl. The hilt and blade are interpretations of the hilt and blade in that portrait. The width of the blade is based on its relative width in the portrait when compared against the basket. Also, look of the opening in the scabbard! It's huge!

Of course wide blades are certainly known historically and I think one of two are illustrated in "Swoirds and Sorrows" but none so wide as this.

As far as handling is concerned, the blade is excellently balanced against the weight of the basket and as John pointed out when we first started the project, EL Jay used a slightly heavier guage of steel on this hilt. In short, the blade couterbalances the hilt almost perfectly.

The blade has an excellent temper and is very flexible. Just holding the sword in hand makes you desperatly want to cut something or someone. When you reflect on the eyewitness accounts of Prestopans and other engagements early in the Rising, commentators are constantly remarkling on the competely severed limbs, mangled bodies and decapitations. Fellow, I telling you this sword could easily do all of the above mayhem and more. It just cries out to be used in a particularily nasty way.

My deep thanks and sincere appreciation to EL Jay and John for making this projecvt come together so nicely and in such a unique way. I am very glad to have their collaboration in my collection!

PS Glenn McClain is working on a copy of Lord George's dirk as illuistrated below and hopefully that will be completed sometimes next spring.



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PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010 7:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
Beautiful. Those historical basket-hilts with the wide blades are crazy. Your's looks particularly wide. I bet it's very thin to maintain dynamics. Very nice work. That must be a chore to grind.
Starts out at between 3/16th and 1/4 inch thick but has a ton of distal taper. I was asked to make it 3" wide but that was just too crazy and could not have worked. I shaved it down to a more managable width still looks almost too wide. The blade does look cool to me and making it into a real performing sword is what I dig so much about working with an Erickson hilt
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Hugo Voisine wrote:
That basket-hilt is just plain awesome. Out of curiosity, was the blade made before the hilt or the hilt before the blade ? Did you made the assembly ?
the blade was made to fit the already made hilt.
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Both swords are awesome, but I am seriously digging that basket hilt..... just awesome......
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2010 7:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David Wilson wrote:
Both swords are awesome, but I am seriously digging that basket hilt..... just awesome......
Thanks folks. David that means alot to me as I have coveted your baskets for quite some time;)
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2010 8:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I step away for a few weeks with school and all, and just about missed these John! Love the basket hilt, i'm a big fan of collaborations. The type XII is really sharp aswell. Awsome as always John, thanks for posting them, and grats to the new owners!
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