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Robert P. Wimmers
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Jun, 2013 12:03 pm    Post subject: Ivory Handled Roman Spatha         Reply with quote

Respectfully I would like to share my first finished sword with you. It is a Newstead spatha with a mammoth ivory grip. The ivory grip was made by Monica Tielens of BikkelenBeen in the Netherlands. The blade is based on one found at Newstead (Scotland), the grip, a typical spatha grip with a small pommel, was found at Avenches.

Looking forward to your opinions and feedback






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Tim Lison




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PostPosted: Sat 08 Jun, 2013 6:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really nice work! Love the blade and grip! How about a nice scabbard for it though?
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Jun, 2013 6:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful work - thanks for sharing!
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Robert P. Wimmers
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jun, 2013 1:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The person who commisioned the sword wanted to make the scabbard himself. The scabbard fittings will be done by Matt Lukes, as I as yet have no experience with making the intricate lockets characteristic of first century Roman swords, gladii and spathae alike.
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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jun, 2013 5:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is BEAUTIFUL. Never seen one before with an all-ivory grip. Someone is gonna be very, very proud. McM
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David Lewis Smith




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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jun, 2013 6:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is out standing!

Clean yet dramatic look.

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Peter Anderson




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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jun, 2013 7:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ah... what a cool looking grip! Great work.
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jun, 2013 10:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

not an expert on Roman weapons, but I really like it...
is that spacer between the grip and the pommel (and grip & guard) a piece of leather?
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Robert P. Wimmers
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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jun, 2013 5:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Indeed it is. Thin leather. I would perhaps not have added it if the material were not mammoth ivory, but it serves to take some of the pressure when peening the grip solid. That was the most nervewrecking part of making this sword, mind you!
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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jun, 2013 12:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice work indeed!
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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jun, 2013 10:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful sword - well done!
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