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Tim Lison




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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2015 8:22 pm    Post subject: New custom sword from Robert Moc....         Reply with quote

I received my new custom sword from Robert Moc today. It's a type XI with some wonderful blade inlay and a fantastic brazil nut pommel and an equally fantastic scabbard... It is inspired by the Esrum Kloster sword from Denmark. I've included a photo of the original. The sword is an absolute beast, measuring 45.5 inches long altogether!!! That's pretty big for a one hander. Robert has done his best with this sword and it is magnificent. I'm very proud to add it to my collection. I've included a (blurry, sorry...) picture of it next to some other swords and in hand to give perspective on it's size...


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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2015 8:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The scabbard is beautiful, but the blade and it's inlay really make the piece. Congrats.
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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2015 8:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sweet! Now there's a sword I'd be super proud to have in my collection.
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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2015 9:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's beautiful. How does it handle? With a blade that long, there must be a lot of blade presence. The original must have been particularly good for mounted combat.
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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2015 10:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
That's beautiful. How does it handle? With a blade that long, there must be a lot of blade presence. The original must have been particularly good for mounted combat.


It's an absolute beast. Blade presence doesn't begin to describe it. I owned an Albion Tritonia and Sword of St. Maurice and this one makes them both feel average. It would be a devastating cutter and with the impetus and reach from horseback I think it could do some serious damage. It handles very well despite it's size. Robert knows how to make a blade, I'll say that!

Thanks Patrick, the inlay is really well done as one would expect from Robert.
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PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2015 10:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

How much does this piece weigh, Tim? And where's the point of balance?
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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct, 2015 1:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Tim
Congratulations on another fine sword I also like this type of sword with the brazil nut pommel robert has done an fantastic job all over including the inlay fantastic sword once again congratulations to you and robert

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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct, 2015 6:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What a beautiful sword! That inlay is amazing. Am I seeing it correct as slightly different on each side?
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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct, 2015 6:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim Lison wrote:
Roger Hooper wrote:
That's beautiful. How does it handle? With a blade that long, there must be a lot of blade presence. The original must have been particularly good for mounted combat.


It's an absolute beast. Blade presence doesn't begin to describe it. I owned an Albion Tritonia and Sword of St. Maurice and this one makes them both feel average. It would be a devastating cutter and with the impetus and reach from horseback I think it could do some serious damage. It handles very well despite it's size. Robert knows how to make a blade, I'll say that!

Thanks Patrick, the inlay is really well done as one would expect from Robert.
JD...Moriarty strikes again!


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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct, 2015 7:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations Tim with finally holding it in your hand!

I must say that the inlay is extremely beautiful!
So you went with two long inlays (instead of the original's long inlay one side and very short inlay the other side?)

The hilt also seems to fit your hand nicely!
The comparison with your other two swords really highlights how long this 1-handed sword is! Yet it still looks light and slender and aesthetically refined.
It must have been a devastating weapon used from horseback!

Now you only need a "Danish Crusader Warhorse" (they were in fact breed in the area around Esrum and - with the Spanish warhorses - regarded as the best in Europe) and some armour and you are ready to terrify some pagans from horseback in the Baltic, when the King called for "Expeditio" (Dk: Leding)!
The original sword could have been used in the Battle of Arkona (RŁgen) in 1168 or Lyndanisse (Tallinn) in 1219 and then put down in Esrum Lake as a offering for giving victory in battle [pagan ways die slowly]

Though the original found scabbard sadly wasn't preserved, Robert Moc has made a beautiful companion to your sword.


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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct, 2015 7:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations on another beautiful sword Tim! The whole package truly looks impressive. Robert is definitely an artist when it comes to making swords. Looking at the grip I am trying to figure out if it is bare wood or leather?
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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct, 2015 8:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That indeed lovely!

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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct, 2015 7:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

what period is this sword and scabbard/ sword belt dated to?

it's stunning
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Oct, 2015 2:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Craig- It's a shade over 3 pounds and the POB is 8 inches off the guard. Feels very nice for this piece with the long blade.
Milan&Niels- Yes, the inlay is different on either side. Not exactly like the original, but looks damn nice...
Scott- The grip is either snake or lizard skin. Not entirely historical as far as we know, but looks really good. Subtle.
William P- This sword is dated to the second half of the 12th century. The scabbard is typical for that period as well.
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Oct, 2015 3:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

With an overall length of 45.5 inches, the blade must be somewhere around 39 inches long, which is kind of scary for a singlehander.
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Oct, 2015 4:59 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
With an overall length of 45.5 inches, the blade must be somewhere around 39 inches long, which is kind of scary for a singlehander.


Yeah, it could easily accomodate a two handed grip and be a war sword. It is still surprisingly nimble for it's size and feels great in the swing.
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Oct, 2015 11:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim Lison wrote:
Craig- It's a shade over 3 pounds and the POB is 8 inches off the guard. Feels very nice for this piece with the long blade.


Interesting. It must be the size of the weapon then, rather than its mass, that contributes to your sense that it makes the Albion Saint Maurice and Tritonia feel average, since the Saint Maurice is nearly the same weight, and the Tritonia is a few ounces heavier.
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Oct, 2015 8:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
With an overall length of 45.5 inches, the blade must be somewhere around 39 inches long, which is kind of scary for a singlehander.


Yeah, very scary!
The original has a blade length of 99,5cm (39 inches) and is 114,5 cm long overall (45 inches).
So Robert Moc probably made the hilt just half an inch longer than the original, but it's still very close to it.

Don't think you can find many ~12th century 1-handed swords out there of this length.
I know of the Type XIa sword found near Pontirolo, Italy, c. 1150
Blade length: 40.5 in (103 cm)
Weight: just under 5 lbs! (so a lot more massive than the Esrum Kloster Sword).
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Oct, 2015 11:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful sword Tim, I love the inlay and the scabbard. Really fine lines. Great job to Robert Moc and congratulations!
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Oct, 2015 11:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a real beauty Tim!

It must be a really interesting sword to wield. It's absolutely huge!

Another great addition to your stunning collection.
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