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Fabrice Cognot
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PostPosted: Wed 01 Apr, 2015 5:17 am    Post subject: A Ballock Dagger, XVth century.         Reply with quote



A Ballock Dagger, XVth century.

Fileworked Horn handle, Brass and Old Iron.

Horn is a fantastic material to work with, giving a smooth, deep, rich finish. It can however yeld a few surprises, like all organic materials - hence the changes of hues and minor cracks due, in fact, to the very life of the animal…

The hand-forged, old iron (well over 200 years old) guard itself offers a rich texture, and a few cracks as well, adding to the ‘proper’ (lacking a better word) feel of the object.

And a brass inlay set between the two serves as a nice highlight to both.

A scabbard is currently under making - more images very soon...


Currently available at 580 € (with the scabbard).

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PostPosted: Wed 01 Apr, 2015 4:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lovely execution and I really like the way that you go out of your way to find oddball pieces to replicate.

You are also so right about horn; often its fine, but then right when you have put loads of time into something, you cut away the last area to find a whopping crack - frustrating.

Great work

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PostPosted: Wed 01 Apr, 2015 4:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a lovely piece, especially the horn grip.
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PostPosted: Fri 03 Apr, 2015 2:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful work Fabrice. I love this hilt form, this is rather unique in the repro market.

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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2015 9:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Chaps.

Scabbard will follow soon hopefully.

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Very impressive carving of the horn handle and all the rest of the dagger is equally visually interesting.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Sep, 2015 2:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

...And after no less than 2 unsuccesful tries, I finally made it a scabbard :



Took some time, I know...

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Sep, 2015 2:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

And the stunner got more stunning - lovely on every level, particularly the interlacing.

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Superb work all the way around.
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