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Fabrice Cognot
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Mar, 2014 2:12 pm    Post subject: A Stiletto         Reply with quote

Hi Chaps


I've been away from here for a while, and quite busy with (unfortunately) non-A&A-related things. But the Pontoise History Market is nearing, and so it is more than time to have a few things ready by then.

Therefore here's this Stiletto (ca. 1650).

High-Carbon steel blade of strong triangular section, with square fileworked ricasso ; all-steel construction, with the cross-guard and handle entirely hand-filed to shape out of Steel.

Strongly inspired by model A858 of the Wallace collection, with a few variations.

The reverse of the blade sports etched marks corresponding to the bore/caliber/data needed by gunners - I placed them at the exact same spot (regarding blade width) than on the Wallace original, hence the lack of larger numbers as this blade is slightly thinner than A858 ; also, the original has two etched figures, a man and a woman, etched at the base of each flat of the blade, that I did not reproduce.

It shall, in time, recieve a scabbard - and I'll post pics here when it's ready.

OAL 301 mm, with a 183 mm blade.

Hope you like it.

Cheers

Fab



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PostPosted: Tue 25 Mar, 2014 2:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh Yes.

Modern makers never make stilettos for some reason, so well done for doing so and starting with a great piece.

Very clean and crisp and wholly period believable.

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PostPosted: Tue 25 Mar, 2014 9:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is beautiful. I love that you decided to reconstruct a gunner's stiletto, so much more unique. Very nicely done...

You hand filed the whole hilt ?! But it' so symetrical ! Looks like it was turned on a lathe. Did you use a rotation device to keep the tapers even and everything circular as you filed ?

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Fabrice Cognot
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PostPosted: Tue 08 Apr, 2014 5:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks chaps


Isaac : all filed by hand for a start, from round stock - just count the number of strokes, and then pray....
And then, only then did I use some form of rotary device for the sanding. But I don't have a lathe.
You can still see a lot of dissimetry on it - or maybe I am just the one who sees it...

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Fab

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Wow - all done by hand. Pretty impressive!
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