Location: Suburbs of Wash D.C.
Joined: 17 Sep 2010
|Posted: Thu 28 Jun, 2018 9:44 am Post subject: MRL Sword Hilted Dagger modification
I had an old Musem Replicas Sword Hilted Dagger (#402556) for years, and was never happy with it. The pommel was overly large in diameter and thick. The blade geometry down-right unattractive and something just off about the crosshilt and grip (The grip too blocky and long).
Years ago, I ground down the pommel to a more reasonable diameter, but it was still a simple tapered disc shape. I nipped about a quarter inch off of each side of the cross hilt, and I remade the grip out of wood and pig-skin to try and match the crip on an Albion Sovereign. Still not happy with it.
Eventually I ground down the pommel further. And swapped the hardware onto a poignard blade. That still didn't appeal to me. Finally I ground down the blade and pommel even further yet. The blade modification and pommel were all done by eyeballing it and one-handed using my 4" hand-held angle-grinder/cut-off wheel and hours of hand sanding.
The original dagger form:
Grinding down the pommel:
The finished result. I don't care for the yellow of the brass hardware. But it will make for a good pattern for making some nickle silver hardware.