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J. Dawes
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PostPosted: Wed 18 Apr, 2012 2:51 am    Post subject: Spatha 4th/5th C by White Well Arms         Reply with quote

Here is a recently finished project.

Commissioned to me a few months ago.

Blade length: 74cm / 29 1/8 inch approx
Blade width: 4.6cm / 1 3/4 inch approx
Overall length: 89cm / 35.5inch approx

Weight: 1.9 pound

Blade of Hardened and Tempered Chromium, Vanadium .8 Carbon Steel. Hollow ground diamond section, semi sharp.
Hilt of Ash and Mahogany. Brass banding and fixings, with a steel cap and hot piened to ensure its sturdyness whilst being used.

A light and agile sword, which is exactly what i was after for horse back work.

Thanks for viewing.



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Paul Hansen




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PostPosted: Wed 18 Apr, 2012 3:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks like a well made and attractive sword!

I am wondering about the cross-section of the blade though, as I was under the impression that a lenticular blade, possibly with one or more fullers would have been the norm.

I also wonder a bit about the size of the metal pommel.

Which historical blade(s) did you use as an example / inspiration?
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J. Dawes
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PostPosted: Wed 18 Apr, 2012 4:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You are quite correct regarding the 3 fullers in the top 3rd of the blade.
Due to budget of the customer these were not added.

Regarding the metal cap, the original is wood. I wanted and confirmed with the customer that I prefer to hot pein all of my 'useable' swords as this is the strongest and most reliant method of securing a swords components.
If a customer required a brass locking nut I would happily have used this method.

Being confident that peining is stronger than a brass locking nut in effect. I wouldnt have been able to hot pien if the end cap was wood, therefore a much more hardwaring sword is made using this method. In my opinion anyway.

All in all I am confident that the sword is much less likely to come 'undone' during roman cabbage cutting displays and interpretations.

thanks for your feedback Paul.

Josef.
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PostPosted: Wed 18 Apr, 2012 10:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a very sexy sword. It almost has a modernistic art deco look to it, very nice.
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