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Richard Furrer
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2005 10:56 am    Post subject: Shamshir         Reply with quote

Hello All,
My computer has been down for quite some time and I am trying to catch up on postings.
I thought some of you may like the look of this commissioned piece that I did the early part of this year.

It is a 1200 layer ladder pattern of O1/L6 with double fullers. The fittings are cupperonickel for both the hilt (ebony wood)and sheath (leather over wood). Blade is about 1.7 inches wide and about 30" long it weights a mere 20 ounces (1.25 pounds). The swords is about 2 pounds six ounces with a 6" balance point so as far as things go it is about spot on for accuracy. Easily a one hand piece.

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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2005 11:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A few more pictures of the blade:


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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2005 11:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice work Richard! How does this sword compare size wise with historical examples? (I'll be the first to admit that my knowledge of things middle eastern is woefully inadequate) Do you have other example pictures or a website by chance?
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2005 11:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this Richard! I like it very, very much!
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2005 11:56 am    Post subject: NICE!!!         Reply with quote

Ric,

That is some really nice work! I love the pattern-weld.

Best,

Eric

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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2005 12:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks really good. It's a lot lighter than it looks.
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2005 4:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Holy Cow (hmmm, wrong religion? *g*)!!!!!

That is awesome. Beautiful and looks like a hellacious cutter too -- although I don't know if I'd do much cutting with it (it's too pretty!)....

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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2005 7:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow. The blade width makes it look as if would be heavy, but I guess appearances can be deceiving. I've always loved shamshirs, and that is a beauty. Even without the pattern weld I would arm wrestle a gorilla for something like that.
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2005 7:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J.;

Don't be shy and PLEASE post ANY of your other work and tell us more about yourself and if you have a web site or contact info I'm sure people here will want to add a bookmark on their P.C.

That is jaw dropping beautiful Cool Cool Cool

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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2005 8:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here is Ric's site...

http://www.doorcountyforgeworks.com/

For those that don't know, Ric is also one of only a very few out there today that does wootz. Here is a process page on Don Fogg's site as well.
http://www.dfoggknives.com/photogallery/wootz...ontent.htm

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Aug, 2005 3:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Speaking from the point of view of non-sword owner / never used one / etc etc [hence not an expert of any sort] can I just say how impressive that sword looks. Awesome! Magnificent!! Wonderous!!! These words just don't do it justice and I am not sure that any dictionary has suitable adjectives to describe it properly.
Keep up the good work!
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Aug, 2005 7:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Rich,

I've never really responded to any non-Euro/Japanese piece, but this is absolutely gorgeous. Phenomenal pattern-weld. As has already been suggested, please post pictures of your other works!

-Ryan
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Aug, 2005 9:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a really beautiful piece. Is the blade a damascus steel homogenous throughout or pattern welded?

Really lovely style to it.

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Aug, 2005 10:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Daniel Parry wrote:
That's a really beautiful piece. Is the blade a damascus steel homogenous throughout or pattern welded?

Really lovely style to it.

Daniel

Daniel,
I do not understand the question, but the blade is made from a bar of pattern-weld that has a total of 1200 layers (give or take). the bar was then given a ladder pattern by cutting in a line (with a round file) every few inches and forged flat so the material in the bottom of the cut was raised to the surface.
Does that answer your question?

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PostPosted: Sun 28 Aug, 2005 4:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

"What art thou, thou beautiful thing? Lights shimmer in thee, thou art restless. It is the sword of Welleran, the curved sword of Welleran!"
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PostPosted: Sun 28 Aug, 2005 7:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Whoa! Big Grin

It looks beautiful, it looks quite big though. I've always thought of shamshirs as rather graceful swords. Is it just the way it's been photographed? Have you based it on a real sword?

There is thread about an antique shamshir here, I don't think they've given the dimensions though.
http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=47830

That watered steel effect is absolutely stunning BTW.
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PostPosted: Sun 28 Aug, 2005 9:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The sword I made was a pattern of a sword made by two Iranian smiths who were making a copy inspired by an old sword from the Isfanhan region of Iran. I do not have any images of the original, but here is a link to the pictures I used to do my work:
http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?s...ht=Hossein

I have held quite a few old Persian and Indian blades and they run the gambit from very light, narrow and thin to rather heavy and thick; just like people, swords come in different sizes.

Ric

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PostPosted: Sun 28 Aug, 2005 9:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice job on that one, Ric !

Looks like it would be quite the cutter, Mac

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Hisham Gaballa




PostPosted: Sun 28 Aug, 2005 11:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Richard Furrer wrote:
The sword I made was a pattern of a sword made by two Iranian smiths who were making a copy inspired by an old sword from the Isfanhan region of Iran. I do not have any images of the original, but here is a link to the pictures I used to do my work:
http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?s...ht=Hossein

I have held quite a few old Persian and Indian blades and they run the gambit from very light, narrow and thin to rather heavy and thick; just like people, swords come in different sizes.

Ric


OK, I understand now. Happy

So what we are looking at here is a practical and functional "war sword".

It's still stunning though, congratulations on a very fine piece of work.
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