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Christopher E.




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2010 10:42 am    Post subject: My new Odin Blades hollow ground longsword         Reply with quote

About a year ago, I asked John to make me a hollow ground longsword. I gave no other direction other than that. What he created is truly awesome and I'm happy to share it here with you.

First off, this sword is a monster! It's really big with a wide blade, which is in contrast to the rather slender blade profiles I normally think of when contemplating longswords. The grip is Bubinga burl wood and the furniture is antiqued bronze with a wheel pommel and bow tie hilt.

Despite the large dimensions, the sword is very handy and feels extremely nimble for such a significant piece of steel. At 3 lbs, 9 and 3/4 oz, it's not the lightest sword in my collection of John's creations (of which I have four and one more on order), but it handles so well that it feels like it's at least a full pound lighter than it really is! Truly, the John's abilities to balance out big blades is brilliant!

The aesthetics turned out beautifully. Even though it's a large sword, it also manages to be quite graceful. The strong center ridge is really cool and the hollow grinding is really well done! I really am more and more impressed with this blade every time I get it down from the case and handle it. I also am a huge fan of John's wood work and have all of my swords done by him made with burl wood grips (minus the Spatha that he did with a natural bone grip). They add such a warm tone to a sword when done well.

The last thing that really needs to be mentioned is the scabbard. John's scabbards are an incredible bargain! They fit hsi swords really well and act as a beautiful accompaniment to his swords. He did this one as a baldrick since the sword is so long and it fits me perfectly. Aesthitically, I think it's top notch and at the price he charges for them, I'm surprised they aren't bragged on more often.

Thanks again John for making such a great product! I'm proud to be the owner of another masterpiece of yours!

Specifications:

Type: Hollow ground longsword
Blade material: Monosteel
Blade length: 35"
Blade width at hilt: 2.5"
Blade width 2" from tip: 1"
Grip material: Bubinga burl wood
Grip length: 7 1/2"
Furniture: Antiqued bronze
Total length: 45 1/2"
Weight: 3 lbs, 9 and 3/4 oz









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Matthew Stagmer
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2010 12:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Another nifty piece from John. He always seems to add some extra flair that is exsclusive to his work. Love it.
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Roger Hooper




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2010 12:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's impressive that so heavy a sword handles so well. John must have calculated the distal taper down to a "T". I like the Maltese cross on the pommel - a lot of people, including me, keep mixing it up with a cross formee. Bubinga is a great grip material - beautiful. I remember that Gus Trim used bubinga on his early swords.

Congratualtions on a great sword, Christorpher
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Chris Lampe




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2010 1:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's yet another beautiful sword from John!!

I'm planning to commission John to do a very special sword project for me and I'm torn between taking a more traditional approach for the grip or going for one of his burl grips. I've been studying my file full of pictures of Odins to figure out what color or style I like but this bubinga burl grip is right along the lines of what I might choose.
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Ben Sweet




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2010 5:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful ! I'm a big fan of exotic wood handles no leather cover-ups....yep that is a nice one!
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John Lundemo
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Location: New Hampton, N.Y.
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Sep, 2010 9:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I believe the width was more like 2 1/2" plus at the shoulder. Thanks for posting the new pics Christopher
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John Lundemo
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Location: New Hampton, N.Y.
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PostPosted: Thu 30 Sep, 2010 8:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

John Lundemo wrote:
I believe the width was more like 2 1/2" plus at the shoulder. Thanks for posting the new pics Christopher
Ooops! You already said that:) Thanks for posting the pictures Christopher. Hey what was the balance on that? I remember it felt pretty good.
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Christopher E.




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PostPosted: Thu 30 Sep, 2010 2:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi John:

It balances out at just under 4-inches from the guard. It's incredibly handy! You did a really nice job on this one!
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