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Scott Roush
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PostPosted: Wed 12 Jun, 2013 3:35 am    Post subject: Forn.. iteration #004         Reply with quote

This sword has been a thorn in my side for months. This is the fourth and final version.. and I'm finally happy. I couldn't come to terms with the blocky type C that was on it before and then I realized that it was the length relative to the narrow width at the guard that was really hurting my eyes. So I reduced the blade length to 26" for a total length of 31" and a weight of exactly 2 pounds. It now feels AMAZING in the hand. Honestly this is first Viking age sword that I've handled that is truly a joy to me.

The type G guards are piled and deeply etched 1095/1045 and the grip is some ancient walrus leg bone that I picked up at Blade Show. The pommel nut is bronze with punched dot rings.


This sword is now entered into a juried invitational art exhibit in Connecticut at the Guilford Art Center and will be available there for viewing and purchase for a month or so July/August.








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PostPosted: Wed 12 Jun, 2013 6:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Epic looking piece! I see it in the hands of the saga heroes!

But, are you saying you took down C hilt off this blade? Would you maybe sell that C hilt alone?
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PostPosted: Wed 12 Jun, 2013 7:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Outstanding, Scott!! That's about as beefy looking as it gets......a true sword for a true warrior. I can only imagine how good it feels inhand. I love the 'rough-n-tough' look you've given it. Much character. Outstanding, once again!.......McM
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Jun, 2013 7:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks guys..

Luka.. I believe that I'm going to use these on another sword. I do like the type C.. if was mostly the blade to hilt ratios that I didn't like. I'd like to make a wider blade for them.. and single edge.

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Jun, 2013 8:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes, wider blade would fit it better...
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Jun, 2013 8:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Not only is the piece gorgeous, but the photography is as well. Having such an organic looking sword among the leaves and logs like that, really makes the piece come alive. Beautiful work.
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun, 2013 6:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you Bryan...

Those natural light shots are also a matter of convenience for me... It is so easy to take a nice photograph with naturally filtered light on those kind of backgrounds. I do need to finally get a nice light tent/studio set up as sometimes I feel it's better to highlight the weapon itself rather than distract with noisy backgrounds. I think a combination of both methods is ideal.

And this sword is now on it's way to Connecticut for the Art of the Knife show...


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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun, 2013 8:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful photography as always, SR ... I'm not really a fan of the curling hilt / pommel fittings, but
that's just me ...

An odd question / suggestion for you : Have you ever looked at ancient Chinese broad swords ?
not saber-type daos, but the older weapons of China ? Mind you I think they were made of bronze,
but I'm merely suggesting the " blade style / blade shape " to you ... me thinks such a design
forged by you would look just as startling as some of your other work ...
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun, 2013 9:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Matthew..

Yeah the type G hilt isn't for everybody I find. It speaks to the blacksmith in me I guess. :-)

Interesting you ask about this Matthew. I haven't looked that deeply into a broadsword yet.. But I'm very interested in the jian. I have a very traditional blade that I'm working on right now forged from iron with a thin high carbon core. I'm going to be carburizing the entire blade.

But I will have to look into your suggestion.. I find both the ancient blades of both China and Japan very interesting and rarely dabbled in. Who knows.. now that I'm playing with bronze casting.. It's not out of the realm of possibility that I will cast swords at some point.

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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun, 2013 11:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's the type I'm referring to ... I think you'd knock it outa' the park. B-)

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That is beautiful Matthew. Be careful... you have no idea how ideas like this lodge in my brain. I see a butterfly, it takes up residence.. then I'm off chasing it. Don't be surprised if you see one soon!
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun, 2013 6:59 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

See what you did? I'm now consulting with folks on making the mould. I'm gonna cast it. :-)


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Glad to be of some service, if it isn't too bigheaded of me to say so ... B-)
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Jun, 2013 12:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

well you served as the catalyst for finally getting me going on bronze sword casting. The sword profile is perfect. And it was good timing as I am home alone while the family is away... and I had a bit of time to play! I'm actually making a tin bronze in a crucible right now as I write..
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Jun, 2013 7:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Scott Roush wrote:
well you served as the catalyst for finally getting me going
on bronze sword casting. The sword profile is perfect. And it was good timing as
I am home alone while the family is away... and I had a bit of time to play! I'm
actually making a tin bronze in a crucible right now as I write..


I hope you get the chance to post the work and creation, if everything works the
way you wish. I'm sure there are many swords that don't get much attention in
the grand scheme of myArmoury, and I'm always reasonably excited to see such
items ... B-)
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