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Dean F. Marino




Location: Midland MI USA
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PostPosted: Sun 06 Apr, 2014 8:56 am    Post subject: Non-Historical DIY Sword and Scabbard Build (Calenolf)         Reply with quote

HOPE this is the right Forum - as this build is totally non-historical Happy.

This was actually completed around January - but with snow and re-carpeting the house, I just got around to taking photos...

Calenolf ("green branch") is my take on a Darksword Nomad with a longer blade. The guard and pommel were purchased from Darksword Armory under their Animal Rescue Network sword fittings offering. The blade is a bare HT Bastard with Fuller from KOA with a shortened tang. Pommel is threaded, countersunk, AND peened. A 6mmx1 Safety nut is included in the base of the pommel...

Scabbard is poplar, leather wrapped and back stitched using the methods I've outlined in my Tutorials. It took forever to get just the RIGHT Green leather shade for this project - a Forest Green, just a bit on the bright side.

Grip is a sandwhich wood core, wrapped tightly with cord and wood glue, then over-wrapped with 2 oz leather.

Chape is 22 gauge steel, formed by bending sheet and Silver Soldering the back seem.

Stats:

OAL: 42 1/4"
Blade: 33"
Grip+Pommel: 8 1/2"
Weight: 3.3 Pounds
POB: 2 1/2"

... and photos Happy.

















Full sized images are at:
http://findlithui.deanandsandy.dyndns.org:8080/images/calenolf/

It was a challenge to get the scabbard throat area to JUST the right thickness to allow the guard artwork to slide over the wrapped core without scraping. But I wasn't about to hide this under a rain guard Happy.

In edhil, hai edhil. In edain, hai edain.
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Mark Moore




Location: East backwoods-assed Texas
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PostPosted: Sun 06 Apr, 2014 2:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is straight-up beautiful! Very nice work!........McM
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Victor Sloan




Location: North Carolina
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PostPosted: Sun 06 Apr, 2014 7:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful work my friend! How do you achieve the rising in the handle and scabbard?
Looking to start HEMA!
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Dean F. Marino




Location: Midland MI USA
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PostPosted: Sun 06 Apr, 2014 7:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Victor Sloan wrote:
Beautiful work my friend! How do you achieve the rising in the handle and scabbard?


Thank you Victor Happy. All of these are 1/8" square leather risers. I glue my grips and cores very SLOWLY, working the riser edges with a bit of water and the best tool known to man - my fingernail Happy. By doing all of this slowly, avoiding pressure on opposing edges, I can generally get very high definition as long as I work with 2.5 Oz. leather....

In edhil, hai edhil. In edain, hai edain.
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Victor Sloan




Location: North Carolina
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PostPosted: Mon 07 Apr, 2014 3:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Always welcome, my friend and fellow Tolkien fan! And thanks so much for the tips!
Looking to start HEMA!
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Christine Munro




Location: Oxford
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PostPosted: Mon 07 Apr, 2014 11:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's looking really nice. Happy Sorry that's not the most technical appraisal, but it does look really good.
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Daniel Wallace




Location: Pennsylvania USA
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PostPosted: Tue 08 Apr, 2014 8:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I really like how well the seam in the grip is hidden.
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Dean F. Marino




Location: Midland MI USA
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PostPosted: Tue 08 Apr, 2014 1:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Daniel Wallace wrote:
I really like how well the seam in the grip is hidden.


Grin - and it's a butted seam, no stitching Happy.

On JUST the seam line - I start, and finish, with superglue to insure ZERO movement. I use Brendan Olszowy's "fingernail" method to mark and cut the finishing seam.

But there is another trick...

With both pre-dyed, and hand-dyed leather, denatured alcohol tends to be a dye solvent. Post glueing, wet a Q-Tip, or artist brush, with denatured alcohol, and slowly run it down the seam. This will cause the dye to "run" just enough on the cut edges to force color blending with the main body of the leather.

In edhil, hai edhil. In edain, hai edain.
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