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Mercer L. Blaire




Location: Ohio
Joined: 27 Sep 2013

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Sep, 2013 4:34 pm    Post subject: What you can accomplish with dedication         Reply with quote

Hello everyone, just want to inspire any DIY'ers and members who are thinking about making their own blades. I am by no means a master craftsman like the guys you see on tv selling their wares...after 4 days in the workshop, and ALOT of blood sweat, tears, and Grey powder... this is what i walked out with...


1095 High Carbon steel
3/16ths" thickness
Blade width 2 inches at shoulder
Blade Length 11 inches
Grip length 4.5 inches
Grip material, Rust colored Leather wrapped over a wood core
Hilt is ground from mild steel and has been permanently hot peened to the tang for durability and historical accuracy. blade is fully sharpened and heat treated to a spring temper. The geometry is Hexagonal cross section terminating into diamond cross section at the end of the fullers.

So anyone out there who feels like "its too hard" or "this is beyond my skills" No its not! you can do anything you put your mind to! All you need is the will to act. Thanks for reading.






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Matthew G.M. Korenkiewicz




Location: Michigan, USA
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Sep, 2013 4:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Way to go ! Nifty piece, simple lines, and very very nice ! And excellent thoughts
regarding dedication and hard-work !

B-)
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Matthew Amt




Location: Laurel, MD, USA
Joined: 17 Sep 2003

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Sep, 2013 7:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh, yes, you can definitely surprise yourself! If you're worried about messing something up, do some practice on cheap scrap metal first, just to figure out your tools and techniques. But with some jobs, it can be faster to just get into it than to sit around trying to figure out a better or faster way to do it!

Looks good to me, by the way! I especially like the guard, and it gets me thinking...

Matthew
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Scott Hrouda




Location: Minnesota, USA
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Sep, 2013 7:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I love DIY projects where you attempt something that was "beyond your reach". You produced a very nice product in your first attempt! Happy

Now, has the bug bitten you? Are you feverishly planning your next blade that will be "better than the last"? Fair warning, it's a slippery slope! Wink

...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped. - Sir Bedevere
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Mercer L. Blaire




Location: Ohio
Joined: 27 Sep 2013

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Sep, 2013 7:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Scott Hrouda wrote:
I love DIY projects where you attempt something that was "beyond your reach". You produced a very nice product in your first attempt! Happy

Now, has the bug bitten you? Are you feverishly planning your next blade that will be "better than the last"? Fair warning, it's a slippery slope! Wink


not my first, ive made quite a few, but not of this style...i was trying to reach beyond my own level, and i achieved it. I'm actually planning on a matching tripple fuller sword
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Scott Hrouda




Location: Minnesota, USA
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Sep, 2013 7:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mercer L. Blaire wrote:
not my first, ive made quite a few, but not of this style...i was trying to reach beyond my own level, and i achieved it. I'm actually planning on a matching tripple fuller sword


Well done. Have fun, make (more) cool stuff, and remember to share with us!

...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped. - Sir Bedevere
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Daniel Wallace




Location: Pennsylvania USA
Joined: 07 Aug 2011

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PostPosted: Sat 28 Sep, 2013 8:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

takes a lot of work to move metal, weather your shaping it by hammer or just stock removal. got to have a lot of patients too. most of my DIY project take me 6 months or more to complete because I'm always trying to push myself to make it better than the last one.

a great bit of work, hope to see more of it.
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Mercer L. Blaire




Location: Ohio
Joined: 27 Sep 2013

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PostPosted: Sat 28 Sep, 2013 9:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Daniel Wallace wrote:
takes a lot of work to move metal, weather your shaping it by hammer or just stock removal. got to have a lot of patients too. most of my DIY project take me 6 months or more to complete because I'm always trying to push myself to make it better than the last one.

a great bit of work, hope to see more of it.


thats how ive been, but each new one i make takes me less time and is better quality as i learn various tricks and techniques to be more efficient. having proper tools helps, but is no substitute for good old fashioned know how and determination.
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Aaron Hoard




Location: Seattle, WA
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PostPosted: Sat 28 Sep, 2013 9:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks very nice. Just in time for the next Hobbit movie!
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Mercer L. Blaire




Location: Ohio
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PostPosted: Sat 28 Sep, 2013 11:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

im making a hobbit sword for a friends christmas present XD its a 19 inch leaf blade, not wide like a gladius, but thin and elegant. Very elvish. waiting to get it back from heat treat
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Ian Hutchison




Location: Louisiana / Nordrhein-Westholland
Joined: 27 Nov 2007

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PostPosted: Sat 28 Sep, 2013 9:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice, looks like a vicious little thruster.
'We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.' - Adrian Carton de Wiart
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