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Michal Spilka
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jun, 2014 11:53 am    Post subject: Swedish soldiersword M1653         Reply with quote

Hi there!

I recently got the opportunity to forge this sword in collaboration with Swedish reenactors, so Id like to share pics from the forging-process. Overall length: 97 cm, Blade length: 78.5 cm, weight: 1.35 kg, PoB: 9.5 cm. Thanks for your comments!










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Very good-looking sword. Do you have a photo of the other side of the sword? Is there a thumb ring on that other side? I see something that might indicate its presence in one of the photos.
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jun, 2014 12:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello, Mikhal.
I admire your excellent workmanship. How, please tell me how, do you get the rough hammered steel on the hilt to be so smooth and even looking? If it is by hours of sanding, with different grits, by hand, you are a very patient man.
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jun, 2014 12:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you guys!
You noticed right - there is a thumb ring - see more pics here: http://www.nielo-sword.com/fotogalerie/swedis...m1653-806/
Yes, first you take rough piece of steel, forge it with hammer and polish and polish ...till its done. Cause its hand-forged, here & there are tiny "bumps".
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jun, 2014 2:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Fantastic work. Very clean lines, and everything executed very smoothly and in balance. I Really really like this sword. Thank you so much for sharing your work.
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I like that sword quite a bit. The wire-wrapped grip looks excellent and i like the mixed-metal alternate color thing that the brass brings to it. Nice.
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PostPosted: Tue 01 Jul, 2014 12:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michal Spilka wrote:
Thank you guys!
You noticed right - there is a thumb ring - see more pics here: http://www.nielo-sword.com/fotogalerie/swedis...m1653-806/
Yes, first you take rough piece of steel, forge it with hammer and polish and polish ...till its done. Cause its hand-forged, here & there are tiny "bumps".
Cheers


I wonder how you can get to that level of detail in forging small pieces, for example your pommel is precisely made.

Are you using simple iron for this? I mean, beside your obvious high quality forging skills, there must be something different you do from other smiths when forging to such level of detail.

I have yet to see in person somebody working a pommel so precisely. How did you set the hole for the tang? That looks to be extremely well made as well. Did you forge it around the sword tang?


Sorry for the heap of questions but you seem to be doing an extraordinary kind of forging.
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PostPosted: Wed 02 Jul, 2014 12:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Im glad for your comments!
Ill try to answer your questions. I forge from common iron. I have lots of sizes and types of tools pliers, hammers, etc. That makes the job easier. Sometimes, when I forge a new sword, I have to make new type of tool first to be able to forge a sword. Hole for tang is made by hammer with chisel on one side. With other hammer (in a shape of tang) I spread the hole and shape it. At the end I fit the hole with the tang.

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PostPosted: Wed 02 Jul, 2014 11:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michal Spilka wrote:
Im glad for your comments!
Ill try to answer your questions. I forge from common iron. I have lots of sizes and types of tools pliers, hammers, etc. That makes the job easier. Sometimes, when I forge a new sword, I have to make new type of tool first to be able to forge a sword. Hole for tang is made by hammer with chisel on one side. With other hammer (in a shape of tang) I spread the hole and shape it. At the end I fit the hole with the tang.


Great technique and control of your hammering.
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PostPosted: Tue 29 Jul, 2014 12:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, lovely work! How does the blade handle? Is it more of a cutting blade or does it have good point control too?
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