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James Cunniffe




Location: chicago/ireland
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 8:08 am    Post subject: DIY tinker long sword         Reply with quote

I have always liked this bare blade so I decided to get one for a project.
Here are a few photos of what I ended up with.
I made the pommel which I must say was a pain but I'm happy with the results, the guard I modified from a windlass irish sword by cutting off the two cone shaped ends I think it looks better if not more historic.
I have a little more touch ups to do but it is getting there.
The p.o.b is now 3.5 from the guard the pommel is hot penned.
The guard is 9 inch, grip 8 , over all with pommel 10 1/2 inch.



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Though the pen is mightier than the sword,
the sword speaks louder and stronger at any given moment.


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Lewis Ballard




Location: Houston, TX
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 7:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like it. I can't speak to any historicity, but I like it. There's something special about putting together your own kit. Congratulations!
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David Lewis Smith




Location: NC
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 2:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

very nicely done,
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James Cunniffe




Location: chicago/ireland
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 4:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thamks Guys, I'm not sure how historic my DIY project is but i like it,if anyone can tell me if there is an historic example similar my DIY that would be great.
Though the pen is mightier than the sword,
the sword speaks louder and stronger at any given moment.
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Eric W. Norenberg





Joined: 18 Jul 2008

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 5:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

James, that is a very sleek looking sword. Did you reduce the flared shoulders on your blade? My HT Longsword had a more obvious "swell" at the guard.

Also, would you tell us a bit about creating the pommel?
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James Cunniffe




Location: chicago/ireland
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 6:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Eric I did not modify the blade, I agree the shoulders do look less flared than usual but this is how it came.
As for the pommel I got a 12 inch by 1 1/2 hex piece of steel for 4 bucks and started grinding, filing and sanding and never .again lol but I am happy I did it once.

Though the pen is mightier than the sword,
the sword speaks louder and stronger at any given moment.
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