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Benjamin Rial




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PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2011 10:33 pm    Post subject: Presenting the Arbiter Longsword         Reply with quote

Here is a piece I finished recently. This one is already sold, however I have several more sets of parts made up.
Arbiter Longsword
* Overall Length: 45"
* Blade Length: 34"
* Blade Width at Guard: 2.125"
* Blade Thickness at Guard: 0.24"
* Handle Length: 8"
* Guard Length: 9.5"
* Pommel Length: 2.5"
* Weight: 3 lbs. 4 oz.
* Point of Balance: 2"
* Point of Harmonics (Blade Node): 20"
* Guard/Pommel Material: 1020 Mild Steel
* Grip Construction: Hardwood Core/Leather Wrap
* Scabbard/Sheath: Not Included
* Oakeshott Type: XVIa
* Guard Type: Type 8 variant
* Pommel Type: Type T
* Construction: Peened
* Blade Steel: 5160

Hand forged. Sold without a scabbard though one can be made to order for extra cost. $535.00 + shipping
Thanks for looking. Comments and questions welcome.
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PostPosted: Sat 05 Mar, 2011 4:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I love the extra-pointy looks! A mordhau from that would hurt. Big Grin
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PostPosted: Sat 05 Mar, 2011 8:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I really like the blade on that, nice work.
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PostPosted: Sat 05 Mar, 2011 8:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What a beautiful sword!
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PostPosted: Sat 05 Mar, 2011 10:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Minnesota? I think you should have named it Ice Fang or something. Vicious looking sword with those points on the crossguard. I sure wouldn't want to be on an elevator with the guy wearing that sword! Big Grin As a Minnesota expatriate I feel free to make a few jokes about my old stomping grounds.

It really IS a beautiful sword, congratulations.
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Benjamin Rial




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PostPosted: Wed 09 Mar, 2011 10:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you for the compliments everyone. This particular design is a favorite of mine.

Hey Ken, Icefang would have been a good name. Or Chattering Teeth Bane maybe... ;-)

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PostPosted: Wed 09 Mar, 2011 2:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Love that blade. The fitting aren't exactly to my tastes (I like wheel pommels) , but they are nicely done as well.
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Jean Thibodeau




PostPosted: Wed 09 Mar, 2011 6:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

P. Cha wrote:
Love that blade. The fitting aren't exactly to my tastes (I like wheel pommels) , but they are nicely done as well.


Yes I also tend to like wheel pommels but certainly don't dislike the other types of pommels.

Really like the blade and the aggressive pointy guard: It might even be worth it to make the guard out of hardenable steel and selectively heat treat just the ends to 45 r.c. with the rest of it softer but still a touch harder than mild steel i.e. not hard enough to make the guard likely to break, a little more durable but mostly with the pointy ends less damage prone if used aggressively against armour. ( Mostly finding gaps in armour but one might miss and mess up a too soft point ).

Just a design idea but not really criticism of the excellent work. Wink Big Grin Cool

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PostPosted: Wed 09 Mar, 2011 7:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jean Thibodeau wrote:
P. Cha wrote:
Love that blade. The fitting aren't exactly to my tastes (I like wheel pommels) , but they are nicely done as well.


Yes I also tend to like wheel pommels but certainly don't dislike the other types of pommels.

Really like the blade and the aggressive pointy guard: It might even be worth it to make the guard out of hardenable steel and selectively heat treat just the ends to 45 r.c. with the rest of it softer but still a touch harder than mild steel i.e. not hard enough to make the guard likely to break, a little more durable but mostly with the pointy ends less damage prone if used aggressively against armour. ( Mostly finding gaps in armour but one might miss and mess up a too soft point ).

Just a design idea but not really criticism of the excellent work. Wink Big Grin Cool


You know I REALLY like that idea...and combine it with a tearbrop pommel like on the Albion doge...only pointier with a hardened tip...
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PostPosted: Wed 09 Mar, 2011 8:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Master Chief would be proud to own this. Big Grin
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PostPosted: Wed 09 Mar, 2011 9:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I love the aggressive taper of the blade tied to the overall "feel" of the weapon. Well done Ben! We are very fortunate to blessed with so many talented weapon smiths in the upper Mid-west.

(Edited to correct spelling errors)

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PostPosted: Thu 10 Mar, 2011 3:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A++!
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PostPosted: Thu 10 Mar, 2011 10:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you very much for all of your kind words, I appreciate it!

That is a very interesting idea Jean, I might have to play around with that idea. I could use 1050 or 4140.

I'll post a few more swords that I've finished recently that are of the same blade style, but with wheel pommels.
I must admit that in general I too prefer wheel pommels, but this particular hexagonal scent-stopper really appealed to me for some reason.
I actually made myself one.

Watch for the "Vindicator" and "Windblade" longswords, I'll get them up in the next day or two.

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