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Radovan Geist




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PostPosted: Wed 25 Sep, 2013 11:48 pm    Post subject: Question on Type XVII sword         Reply with quote

Last weekend we were in Prague on re-enact. event and Ive picked a blade from Stanislav "Had" Elias (http://www.mece-had.cz/). I already have some of his weapons and I really like them - they are durable, with good proportions, and nice attention to details.

However, this time I wanted a good blade for DIY project - a sword that would fit to end of 14th/beginning of 15th Century. A blade I bought would be perfect for Type XVII sword. Ive made a small research and decided for something similar to City of Bristol sword - it fits the proportions of my blade, fits my period of interest, and has my favourite pommel design.

Now the question: I went through some picture of surviving type XVII swords from that period and it seems that their pommels and crosses had smooth surface. However, I would love to decorate it with some file-work (checkboard, or a spiral on the cross). Would it be out of place? Does anybody know any historical example? Thanks in advance.
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Shahril Dzulkifli




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PostPosted: Wed 02 Oct, 2013 6:26 am    Post subject: Question on Type XVII sword         Reply with quote

Radovan, is your sword finished? If it's finished, do show some of its photos.
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength

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Radovan Geist




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PostPosted: Wed 02 Oct, 2013 7:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, its not finished yet - Im still in the research phase Happy When I start the project, I will try to make it into a separate DIY thread.

Im still researching whether it would be completely out of place to make file-work decoration on crossguard and pommel.
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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Thu 03 Oct, 2013 5:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I don't think there's any filing on the XVII swords from Records. Beyond that, I cannot say.
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James Moore





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PostPosted: Thu 03 Oct, 2013 6:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

fileworking of a spiral sounds very off to me, but faceted file-work is perfectly appropriate, like this example's cross:

http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-t...&img=3
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Radovan Geist




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PostPosted: Fri 04 Oct, 2013 2:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

thank you for your comments and a nice picture. yes, spirals are off for that period, no trace of "check-board" decorations on originals either, so I will opt for a simple design, with some faceting. Now Im quite busy with some work on our house and in the garden, but once Im done with it - back to the workshop! Happy
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