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PostPosted: Sun 23 Jun, 2013 7:15 am    Post subject: Custom Handmade Scabbard: Albion Vigil 6-23-2013         Reply with quote

Hello myArmoury community,

I would like to share with this fine community my most recent scabbard that I completed. This one is a highly embellished scabbard with lots of tooling, décor, and lightly aged. I used a slightly different technique in my two-toning for a high contrast effect to really enhance the details.

The scabbard features a double-belt suspension system for a right-handed swordsman. The poplar wood core is wool lined and lacquer coated on the outside to help protect against moisture.

Thanks for looking and feel free to comment and or ask any questions! More (larger) images can be found here: http://www.dbkcustomswords.com/custscabbs/BKAlbionVigil3.html











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PostPosted: Sun 23 Jun, 2013 7:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Pretty dang stunning, BK ... you know, I was thinking about scabbard work the other day
strangely enough, and while not currently able to, I do have a couple swords in need of
attention eventually ... and how can your work not come to mind ?

What I was wondering, since you've posted another of your extraordinary pieces,
would you mind breaking down how long it takes to accomplish each stage of the
process ? I'm sure each would be a little different, but maybe you have a general
idea, even general plan ...

Do you work on one project at a time ? or do you inter-mingle the projects -- maybe in
pairs -- for efficiency ( not necessarily speed's ) sake ?

And just an off the cuff thought ... Is there something you would really like to " talk to us
about " here that you haven't had the chance to ?
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Jun, 2013 8:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Matthew G.M. Korenkiewicz wrote:
Pretty dang stunning, BK ... you know, I was thinking about scabbard work the other day
strangely enough, and while not currently able to, I do have a couple swords in need of
attention eventually ... and how can your work not come to mind ?

What I was wondering, since you've posted another of your extraordinary pieces,
would you mind breaking down how long it takes to accomplish each stage of the
process ? I'm sure each would be a little different, but maybe you have a general
idea, even general plan ...

Do you work on one project at a time ? or do you inter-mingle the projects -- maybe in
pairs -- for efficiency ( not necessarily speed's ) sake ?

And just an off the cuff thought ... Is there something you would really like to " talk to us
about " here that you haven't had the chance to ?


Thanks Matthew. I generally only work on one scabbard at a time, as this allows me to concentrate on it a lot better. I've tried multiple scabbards at one time, and though there are some elements that benefit from making more than one, there are plenty of other elements that double your time and often my days are a lot longer. But design intense projects are much better off one at a time, especially because tooling can be a real strain on your hands. Tracking time is of another issue, as sometimes the design process is the most difficult, as there are plenty of paper wads thrown into the garbage before you come up with something you like. There are plenty of lost hours in that process, too. The leather finishing is very intense as well, and is probably the second most time consuming aspect. I don't track my time of actual construction of the scabbard and construction of the leather & harness, as those are set prices. My most detailed projects I'd say would be anywhere from 30 to 40 hours.

Edit: I should add that those hours don't include the making of the chape, which is a vastly undercharged aspect of scabbard making when you consider the hours making something out of metal by hand.

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One word: Masterpiece. That is THE most beautiful scabbard.....ever. Bravo, my friend...........McM
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Jun, 2013 8:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very, very nice work Brian. The tooling looks terrific! Whoever owns this beast will be very happy...
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I am continually in awe of the scabbards and suspension systems you are creating Brian. Makes me wish that I had a sword that was in need of something from you! Seeing your work makes me proud to have the pleasure to work with you on the two that I have. I wonder if my daughters would understand not going to college so I can get a sword for you to make a new setup for me? Should invest in a doghouse first I suspect. Cry

Keep up the great work!

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Brian - another outstanding work of art. You never fail to impress!!
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Jun, 2013 11:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

oh my...that's going to make some Vigil owner very happy...
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Wow Eek!
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Jun, 2013 1:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Brian, that tooling is really attractive. It's sort of insane how much detail you put in there. Nice job.
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Oh man, you really went all out on that one!
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Jun, 2013 4:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

OMG

I gotta get my Albion Knight to you for a scabbard.
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My God, it looks like a wealthy noble just came in from campaign and shucked out of his sword belt to have dinner. It really evokes a sense of history being a living thing. It's stunning. That cross hatching is tiny!
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Incredible. I'm not sure how you keep upping your game, but you do. Did you also do the grip work?
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Keith L. Rogers wrote:
Incredible. I'm not sure how you keep upping your game, but you do. Did you also do the grip work?


Thanks everyone! Keith, the grip is the upgraded grip from Albion.

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PostPosted: Wed 03 Jul, 2013 5:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Brian,

The tooling on the scabbard is really outstanding. I love this kind of work and we don't see enough of it in modern reproductions, really cool.

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Thanks Patrick. It has become my forte within the business of scabbard making, and I'm happy to do so as it allows for constant creativity.

Here is another look:

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Brian K. wrote:
Thanks Patrick. It has become my forte within the business of scabbard making, and I'm happy to do so as it allows for constant creativity.


Now that's what I'm talking about.

Deposit paid, I'm in line for my DBK scabbard!
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I have a different viewpoint. I find the scabbard to be overwrought. A more elegant, simplified approach would best serve the detail in the sword grip.

Cheers, Jon

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PostPosted: Sun 07 Jul, 2013 5:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Stunning ! Glad I'm on the waiting list for a scabbard.
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