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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 2:49 pm    Post subject: Some Erik Stevenson Goodness         Reply with quote

I just got these pics from Erik Stevenson on my new clamshell claymore. Since Erik is getting out of the business (or at least not taking custom orders anymore) this is probably the only sword of his I will have the privilege to own.

Here goes: I got the Idea from an Historical example in the Archives here.



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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 2:51 pm    Post subject: Another one         Reply with quote

I don't know why it didn't post all 3 pics.


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 2:51 pm    Post subject: and again         Reply with quote

WTF?!


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 3:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Which blade is that, David?
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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 3:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi David

Very nice ..... Erik did a wonderful job on this ! ( that hilt is inspired by the clamshell at the Livrustkammaren,Stockholm , right ?)

Please let us know the stats when you can ! Congratulations on a fine fine sword! Great job, Erik, Mac

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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 4:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

sigh ----- (had my chance to order from him once and changed my mind)
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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 4:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A bit of history on the original .....

*Photo & text: 13th Park Lane Arms Fair catalogue (1996) , article by Tony Willis "Scottish 'twa handit Swerdis"



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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 4:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Now THAT is nice!

That's the nicest reproduction of a Clamshell Claymore (a highly under-reproduced type of sword, IMHO) yet!

And it will be even nicer when in hand. I know, I've got two Erik Stevensons myself... Laughing Out Loud

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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 4:48 pm    Post subject: Thats the one         Reply with quote

Yup Mac, that is the sword I had Erik base this one on. The blade is the AT 1319 and is 37.25" with an 11" hilt. (don't know if Erik changed the hilt length.) Erik emailed me the finished weight is 4.34 lbs. so it should be pretty beefy without being too heavy. Somehow Erik shaved off .75 lbs when he refinished the blade. That was as much as he felt comfortable doing. basically, I emailed the pic to Erik and had him run with it. Based on the finished pics, I am glad I did.

I went with the 1319 as it was the biggest Atrim blade in production waaaay back when I ordered this sword. I also love fullers even though it doesn't appear the original had one.

After seeing Nathan's E/S swords, I have been chomping at the bit to get this. btw Nathan if you ever just want to "Thin out" you Erik Stevenson Shiavona, I'll take it off your hands

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I'll post my impressions when I receive this sword. Despite the wait, Erik has truly been a pleasure to deal with.

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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 4:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm not a huge fan of clamshell hilts but that sure is a beauty Eek!

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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 5:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey! I think I've handled the original! Eek!
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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 6:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a sweet lookin' sword David. Congrats!


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 9:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What a great looking sword Eek! That handle would have been a nightmare for me even to think about wrapping....Gus's blades sure do clean up nice...congrats on the beauty!
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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 9:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Amazing- pity he isnt able (or want to) do more work. He's an amazing artist.
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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 9:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I just don't understand why Erik is getting out of the business. He has such amazing talent. Judging by the waiting list he has he doesn't lack for customers. Is cabinet making really that much fun? Sigh...
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PostPosted: Fri 08 Oct, 2004 10:13 pm    Post subject: Cabinets!!!!         Reply with quote

I didn't know Erik makes cabinets......Now I DO need to remodel my kitchen, now I just have to figure how to incorporate turks head knots into the overall design. Big Grin


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PostPosted: Sat 09 Oct, 2004 1:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi all!

As always I am glad that people are happy with my work. I haven't had a big presence on the boards for a while and Russ' post made me feel the urge to clarify the state of things a bit. I guess the reality of things is I don't' have much of a choice about getting out of the sword business as a full time gig. I injured my shoulder whilst running around in the Marines and had surgery on it resulting in some troublesome internal scar tissue. The repetitive movement from daily filing etc. has lead to chronic pain due to the scar tissue in and around my shoulder joint. There are some other elements that contributed to my decision as well that have to do with the nuances of catering to the demand of the market and production efficiency but I would say that even if I solved the other problems I can't keep up a full time production pace with my bum shoulder. As for cabinate making ;-) I was thinking about trying my hand at designer furnature for a while but after exploring that a bit and discovering the same physical limitations I think I will be flying a desk once I finish my degree and doing swords/creative work as a hobby. I love doing the work but I can't keep up a pace that will make it feasable as a career unless I move to India or somewhere where the cost of living is really low.

At any rate I don't intend to dissappear all together, I would love to do some prototyping for a production setup and have been tossing about the idea of writing or co-authoring a "How To" sword hilt making book but at this point I have a full plate with trying to fill the orders in my back log, help plan my wedding and finish my degree/get a "real" job, so can't commit fully to sword related stuff more than I currently am.

Take care, thanks again for all the support!
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PostPosted: Sat 09 Oct, 2004 2:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Björn Hellqvist wrote:
Hey! I think I've handled the original! Eek!


is their any original in sweden you havnt handled? Laughing Out Loud

That is a very nice sword, I love the wire wrap work, simply stunning!!!

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PostPosted: Sat 09 Oct, 2004 12:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Erik Stevenson wrote:
Hi all!

As always I am glad that people are happy with my work. I haven't had a big presence on the boards for a while and Russ' post made me feel the urge to clarify the state of things a bit. I guess the reality of things is I don't' have much of a choice about getting out of the sword business as a full time gig. I injured my shoulder whilst running around in the Marines and had surgery on it resulting in some troublesome internal scar tissue. The repetitive movement from daily filing etc. has lead to chronic pain due to the scar tissue in and around my shoulder joint. There are some other elements that contributed to my decision as well that have to do with the nuances of catering to the demand of the market and production efficiency but I would say that even if I solved the other problems I can't keep up a full time production pace with my bum shoulder. As for cabinate making ;-) I was thinking about trying my hand at designer furnature for a while but after exploring that a bit and discovering the same physical limitations I think I will be flying a desk once I finish my degree and doing swords/creative work as a hobby. I love doing the work but I can't keep up a pace that will make it feasable as a career unless I move to India or somewhere where the cost of living is really low.

At any rate I don't intend to dissappear all together, I would love to do some prototyping for a production setup and have been tossing about the idea of writing or co-authoring a "How To" sword hilt making book but at this point I have a full plate with trying to fill the orders in my back log, help plan my wedding and finish my degree/get a "real" job, so can't commit fully to sword related stuff more than I currently am.

Take care, thanks again for all the support!
Erik


Thank you, Erik. It's too bad that we're losing such a great talent (at least on a fulltime basis), but you gotta do what's right for you. Anyway, I'm honored to have two of your works in my collection. Best of luck in your future endeavors, whatever they may be!

Waitaminute -- did you say "wedding"? Congratulations!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Oct, 2004 8:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Erik Stevenson wrote:
Hi all!

As always I am glad that people are happy with my work. I haven't had a big presence on the boards for a while and Russ' post made me feel the urge to clarify the state of things a bit. I guess the reality of things is I don't' have much of a choice about getting out of the sword business as a full time gig. I injured my shoulder whilst running around in the Marines and had surgery on it resulting in some troublesome internal scar tissue. The repetitive movement from daily filing etc. has lead to chronic pain due to the scar tissue in and around my shoulder joint. There are some other elements that contributed to my decision as well that have to do with the nuances of catering to the demand of the market and production efficiency but I would say that even if I solved the other problems I can't keep up a full time production pace with my bum shoulder. As for cabinate making ;-) I was thinking about trying my hand at designer furnature for a while but after exploring that a bit and discovering the same physical limitations I think I will be flying a desk once I finish my degree and doing swords/creative work as a hobby. I love doing the work but I can't keep up a pace that will make it feasable as a career unless I move to India or somewhere where the cost of living is really low.

At any rate I don't intend to dissappear all together, I would love to do some prototyping for a production setup and have been tossing about the idea of writing or co-authoring a "How To" sword hilt making book but at this point I have a full plate with trying to fill the orders in my back log, help plan my wedding and finish my degree/get a "real" job, so can't commit fully to sword related stuff more than I currently am.

Take care, thanks again for all the support!
Erik


Drat! I hate it when I'm so far out there that someone has to clarify what I posted. Happy Mostly I was just whining and complaining about not having the opportunity to buy more of your stuff. As was noted earlier you have to do what is right for you. I hope that I did not give offense.

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