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Stuart Thompson




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PostPosted: Sun 13 Feb, 2011 2:10 am    Post subject: Shield edge         Reply with quote

My latest shield is nude around the edge-Nearly every shield i've seen has some leather, or metal around the edge to bind and make it durable.

What should I use and what tacks are best? I'm thinking of using a rough thick leather with some short nails. Problem is I have a tendency to use the shield as a weapon itself and don't want to smack someone with a loose nail. I doubt this shield will last long anyway but it's chances would be helped by having a secure rim to it.

Thanks all.

sver er manni vargr, af bardaga er dr, daua er dr.
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Philip Melhop




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PostPosted: Sun 13 Feb, 2011 4:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

use the trusty old rawhide doggy-chew and stitch it on.
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Mark Routledge
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PostPosted: Sun 13 Feb, 2011 5:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

These people http://www.leprevo.co.uk/hides.htm do raw hide in 48 inch x 6 inch strips which works really well stitched on. More expensive than dog chew but pretty good stuff by all accounts.
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Stuart Thompson




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PostPosted: Sun 13 Feb, 2011 7:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Excellent, thanks guys!
sver er manni vargr, af bardaga er dr, daua er dr.
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Philip Melhop




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PostPosted: Sun 13 Feb, 2011 10:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just use the doggie chews, go to a pet store and buy the largest ones. Soak overnight, wrap in a damp towel for an hour or so and they will be ready to cut into strips and stitch on. Make sure to overlap the joins by a couple of inches as they shrink as they dry.
Phil
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Lin Robinson




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PostPosted: Sun 13 Feb, 2011 10:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You can also buy rawhide at your local Tandy Leather store or online.
Lin Robinson

"The best thing in life is to crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of their women." Conan the Barbarian, 1982
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Philip C. Ryan




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PostPosted: Sun 13 Feb, 2011 8:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Instead of stitching, you can also simply use nails, and clench them back over. I have used this method for sparring shields for years with no problems. Here is another thread discussing how to do this (with pics!).

http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=18074

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Stuart Thompson




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Feb, 2011 6:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Philip! I'll be trying that this afternoon.
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