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Constantin von Bernuth
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PostPosted: Mon 07 Feb, 2011 7:52 am    Post subject: First blade - 14th century eating knive and earlier work         Reply with quote

So far I have been a silent reader but now after having made two daggers with blades by Tod, I decided to give blade-making a go.

My first project is a small 14th century style eating knife. It is not a 1:1 reconstruction but all details of the knife and scabbard are typical for the period.
The blade is C45, the discs brass, leather and bone, the handle is made of walnut root.
The scabbard is made of vegetable-tanned goat leather.












This is my latest dagger with one of Tods blades:















My next two projects are already under way, a reconstruction of the "Hameln" bollock dagger and a 14th century german baselard. Pictures of these will follow.

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Constantin
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Thomas R.




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PostPosted: Mon 07 Feb, 2011 9:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Constantin,

wow. you know how to make a first posting on this site. What an entrance! I like your work very much. Did you make the handles all by yourself, or were they part of tod's assembly kit? How did you make the brass fittings of the bollock-dagger? By the way this is just the type of dollock-dagger, I was recently looking for... Keep up the good work!

Best regards,
Thomas (waving up north from nearby Darmstadt)

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Simon G.




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PostPosted: Mon 07 Feb, 2011 9:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello Constantin, and welcome!

Very beautiful work indeed. I especially like your eating knife, all its elements are very elegant and together they make for a gorgeous knife... The discs especially are very nice and make for a good transition from blade to handle.

Great work, hope you will post more soon!

Cheers,

Simon
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Julien M




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PostPosted: Mon 07 Feb, 2011 9:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Outstanding work Constantin! (and welcome to the site btw).

I'm especially impressed with the finish of your scabbards. Your ballock dagger and knife deserve high praise too. That just reminds me that I also have a blade from tod I have to mount one of these days...

Please keep us updated with your next projects.

Cheers,

Julien
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Constantin von Bernuth
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PostPosted: Mon 07 Feb, 2011 10:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the warm welcome, guys!

@Thomas
the yew handle displayed I made from scratch. Only my very first bollock dagger had a roughly spun to shape handle piece from Tod.
The brass fittings (on this one it is actually tombac which is softer) are fretsawn and hammered into a slight spherical shape (at least the knob plate). The plate at the bottom is just sewn and bent (first fitted, then sawn to shape).
Hope that answers your questions.
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Leo Todeschini
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PostPosted: Mon 07 Feb, 2011 11:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Constantin,

Time for me to retire then!

Excellent pieces.

Tod

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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Mon 07 Feb, 2011 11:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Constantin: Very nice work and if this is your first work you are starting from a very high level of skill and aesthetic judgement. Big Grin Cool
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