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Leo Todeschini
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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011 1:51 am    Post subject: Italian Falchion 1452 - reproduction/interpretation         Reply with quote

Hi All,

Here is another curious project I finished recently.

I was provided with the artwork and asked for a choppy sword. With this in mind I set to work. The painting is Italian dated 1452 and this was a time of high experimentation so although this sword may be a little fanciful I think on balance it is a plausible piece.

Anyway the sword I made is real. The fittings are mild, the grip is cord bound ash with a leather outer, the blade is EN45 spring steel and is wickedly sharp, the false edge bevels are both sharp, though the scallop nearest the hilt is not. The blade has a steady taper down to the point.

The stats are:
blade is 26" long
2.25" at the clip peak
POP 19" from guard
POB 4.5" from guard
overall weight 1080g (2.3lb)

I hope you like it.

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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011 3:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks like it is a wicked chopper Leo! I especially like the detail work on the guard. Keep up the great work.
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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011 5:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Love it =)

But I am a sucker for 15c Italian arms Wink
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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011 5:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I really like this falchion! It is a very interesting design.

I think the guard opposite the finger loop would look nice if it was a little longer. This is just my preference for aesthetics for me and Tod certainly is more knowledgable of the most appropriate design.

I love the pommel design also.


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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011 7:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow! That is a really cool little chopper. I don't think I've ever seen a blade quite like that before. Well done.
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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011 8:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thats fantastic. I was just holding a similar falchion that I just finished and it filt so much better in the hand with my finger on the blade side of the guard. I found myself wishing I had added a finger loop. Neat how you added the loop from the blade and not attached to the hilt. I like it! Might have to try it next time.
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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011 9:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice Leo, I like it a lot. It's like a proto-Storta
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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011 12:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Holy Florence! That's a really awesome falchion and an excellent reproduction of the artwork. Is there particular artistic/extant evidence for the design of the scabbard, as well? Cheers.

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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011 11:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Always had a soft spot for flachions, but this one is amazing. Looks really great. I would buy it.
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PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2011 1:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tod

Great looking Falchion / Storta. What's the overall length?


The Painting is of Saint Michael by Piero della Francesca.

Several months ago I came across the following site and was able to zoom in and piece together a detailed pic of the storta. I had to scale it down a bit to attach to this post.

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/p...nt-michael

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2011 3:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Leo,
As always, your work is outstanding. I'm not really a fan of falchions, but you make me want one. I think I'm gonna call you Leo-Midas : you turn steel into gold every time you touch it. !

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2011 9:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

looks smashing.
it's superb as always

need to get my hands on a good blade sometime

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2011 12:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gregor J, Liebau wrote
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Holy Florence! That's a really awesome falchion and an excellent reproduction of the artwork. Is there particular artistic/extant evidence for the design of the scabbard, as well? Cheers.


No I have not followed a particular example, but I think from the sword it should have a fancier scabbard, but for both cost reasons and for the requirements of the customer the scabbard was left fairly plain.

Thank you Dan, a very detailed picture. I should have of course asked the forum before I started..........

Jeremy V Krause wrote
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I think the guard opposite the finger loop would look nice if it was a little longer. This is just my preference for aesthetics for me and Tod certainly is more knowledgable of the most appropriate design.


So do I; however I felt that perhaps artistic licence had been used to lighten the guard parts of the sword and so I made them a bit thicker, but at that length it felt visually a bit heavy so I reduced it a bit. The bottom line with aesthetics is that you like what you like, and nobody can tell you you are wrong - stick to your guns Jeremy.

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2011 1:39 pm    Post subject: italian Falcion         Reply with quote

Oh that has sexy written all over it! Big Grin Great work!
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