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William M




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Feb, 2014 7:58 am    Post subject: Question on the fuller going underneath the grip         Reply with quote

Hi all,

I have been wondering about when the fuller goes under the crossguard and into the grip assembly on medieval swords.
Do you think this was something our ancestors would have been concerned about as it leaves open the possibility of water, blood,dirt etc.. dribbling down the fuller and into the center of the wooden grip.

Albion Tritonia from Albion's website. ( I have lightened the tang a bit to show the fuller )
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Robin Smith




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Feb, 2014 8:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I don't think they were concerned in the slightest about it, as this feature is typical for the period. The desire for tightly fit gaps is a modern obsession. It is possible that particularly large gaps could have been filled with some sort of sealant like pitch, but I haven't seen as proof that this is the case, just a speculation...
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Craig Johnson
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Feb, 2014 11:27 am    Post subject: Fullers in tang         Reply with quote

Robin is correct. They would not have worried about it at all. He is also right that on some period swords the blades where set in a mastic in the guard. I have seen some examples that seem to indicate that was the only element holding the guard in place.

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Craig
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