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Eric McHugh
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PostPosted: Sun 19 Mar, 2006 6:37 pm    Post subject: New Items Available         Reply with quote

I have some new items available on my artisan page.

5 Nydam style seaxes

15th Century Hollow-ground Long Rondel


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Jean Thibodeau




PostPosted: Sun 19 Mar, 2006 8:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very impressive and Loooooooooooong. Cool

I realize that thrusting is the primary function of the design of most if not all Rondel Daggers, how much cutting potential is there on your Rondel ?

Rondels seem to vary a great deal in scale any major advantages to the smaller ones? I would think that with a reverse grip when trying to punch though plate or maille longer would not be better as I think that a longer blade would tend to twist sideways more if the hit was not at 90 degrees to the surface and harder to keep alined.

If trying to push the blade between plates longer would not be a disadvantage and in another topic Bill Grandy mentions that long Rondels were at time half-sworded.

At 21" it becomes very short sword like a bit like an early but very stout short rapier in use, and long enough to be the primary backup weapon to an archer, crossbowman or halberdier.

In civilian dress would play the equivalent role of an Anelace or Cinquedea as the biggest thing one could carry comfortably and maybe legally before the civilian carrying of swords became a general thing a few centuries later.

At 21" and very thick / stout blade it should also be useful with a buckler or alone to parry full size swords.

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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar, 2006 6:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I love the Seaxs Eric, nice work...
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar, 2006 8:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What Randal said.........

Great work Eric.............

swords are fun
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Eric McHugh
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Thanks         Reply with quote

Hey Randal and Gus...thanks, I'm honored by your kind words!

Jean, thanks for the comments :-), it is not uncommon to see hollow-ground Rondels. I think this is for two reasons:

First, to reduce the weight of the piece. The blade on this Rondel is quite substantial. It is nearly 12 mm (0.5") thick at the base, and right behind the tip it is nearly 3.4 mm (.130"). The tip is quite awl like in shape. If this was a straight bevel Rondel, it would weight quite a bit more than it does now. So, what was achieve with hollow-grinding was to make a rather stiff, armour piercing blade that is light at the same time.

Second, to allow for a sharper edge on a rather thick narrow blade. Again, if this was a straight bevel knife, the angle to the edge would make it difficult to put a sharp edge on the blade, but the hollow-grinding allows for a more acute angle to the edge which would allow for a sharper edge. In grinding and polishing, I nearly ground and polished this blade to a sharp edge, so that once honed it would be quite sharp. With that said, it will never be like a sushi knife, but it will still be quite sharp.

It is difficult to see from pictures, but this Rondel is very agile (you have excellent tip control) and it is quite stout like the military versions I examined in England. :-)

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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar, 2006 2:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

nice pieces Eric.

I really like that (sold) messer!
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar, 2006 7:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Eric,

Those pieces all look gorgeous. I really like your work!

Geoff

P.S. I sent you a PM
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar, 2006 9:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice looking work there Eric. I love the boxwood grips, and have been looking for some to have for some projects of my own. If you could, would you PM where I might be able to locate some bigger sized pieces like that.

Any hints as to what we might be seeing next?

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Shane
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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar, 2006 10:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Thanks         Reply with quote

Eric McHugh wrote:

It is difficult to see from pictures, but this Rondel is very agile (you have excellent tip control) and it is quite stout like the military versions I examined in England. :-)


Eric,

Did you see antique Rondels in England that were this long? I know that daggers frequently are not small, but this one is massive!
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PostPosted: Tue 21 Mar, 2006 2:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lovely work.

Is it just me, or is Nydam Seax 2 particularily yataghan-like? Happy

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PostPosted: Tue 21 Mar, 2006 4:29 am    Post subject: Re: Thanks         Reply with quote

Craig Peters wrote:
Eric McHugh wrote:

It is difficult to see from pictures, but this Rondel is very agile (you have excellent tip control) and it is quite stout like the military versions I examined in England. :-)


Eric,

Did you see antique Rondels in England that were this long? I know that daggers frequently are not small, but this one is massive!


There were a few that we saw that were quite long. One interesting one was slightly thicker than the one I just made...go figure. In other collections, there are examples of even longer Rondel's almost sword length. I think these were intended to take the place of a sword.

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PostPosted: Tue 21 Mar, 2006 4:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mikko Kuusirati wrote:
Lovely work.

Is it just me, or is Nydam Seax 2 particularily yataghan-like? Happy


Like many of these Nydam seaxes number two (along with others) has a slight belly to it. In photos, it makes it look like a reverse curve, but the tip is still in the outline of the back of the handle. I guess what i'm saying is that it is not really yataghan like...just sorta looks like it. Chalk it up to my poor photography... :-)

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PostPosted: Wed 22 Mar, 2006 7:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ooooh ooooh oooooh ooooh ooooh. I just LOVE that rondel dagger. Oooooh my.
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Mar, 2006 1:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful stuff Eric! Especially that rondel! Big Grin
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Mar, 2006 1:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

No possibility to set up a payment plan for that beauty of a monstrosity? Razz
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Eric McHugh
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Mar, 2006 10:41 am    Post subject: Price Drop         Reply with quote

Tax time is tough, so I've dropped the price on the seaxes and the Rondel.

$350 per seax (sheath included)

$1300 for the Rondel with sheath. The sheath will be finished next week.

If you are interested, contact me via PM or ericmycue@verizon.net.

For more info on the items, click on this link: http://www.albion-swords.com/inhouse/eric.htm

Finally, I do have a payment plan for those interested.

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PostPosted: Sat 15 Apr, 2006 6:00 am    Post subject: Only Two Nydam Seaxes Left         Reply with quote

Only Two Nydam Seaxes Are Available

Seaxes number 1 and 2 are left. The price is for these last two is $250 (plus $25 shipping). Each seax comes with its own sheath. For more information, check out my artisan page: http://www.albion-swords.com/inhouse/eric.htm. If you are interested, contact me at ericmycue@verizon.net.

Nydam Seax 1



Nydam Seax 2


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PostPosted: Sat 15 Apr, 2006 11:33 am    Post subject: Seax #2         Reply with quote

Hello. I just emailed you about seax #2. I have to go to work now, so I thought I'd also post here, just in case my other message didn't get through (having a little trouble with juno lateley).

Best regards, Michael Black
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Apr, 2006 4:57 am    Post subject: All the Seaxes are Sold         Reply with quote

All the seaxes are sold. Thank you for your interest in my work.
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Apr, 2006 1:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Man, great work on the scabbard for the rondel! Beautifully done.
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