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PostPosted: Mon 17 Apr, 2006 9:17 pm    Post subject: Pertinax         Reply with quote

This is the name of a Roman Spatha sword I made. It has an all wooden and bronze hilt and double fullered blade, woodcore scabbard. I was wondering if someone from this forum could bring over the pictures from SFI in the antient swords forum, I would really like to get some feedback from the good folks here at myArmoury. There is a new Damascus leaf wolfs theme sword and some gladii and katana's as well, which I would post here but don't have the computer skills. You are most welcome to bring those pics over as well, but the spatha I would really like to see here. Thanks very much John







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PostPosted: Mon 17 Apr, 2006 11:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I don't usually go for the Roman stuff, but damn, this is gorgeous!
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Tim Lison wrote:
I don't usually go for the Roman stuff, but damn, this is gorgeous!


I'm in the same boat. Usually the later period stuff is what fires my engines...but wow! That thing is stunning. What kind of wood did you use? What are the stats?

That is just beautiful. Very classy looking, if you know what I mean. A sword I would be very, very proud to own. That is one lucky customer!

Love it,

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DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLING! gaaaah gimmie gimmie.... argh.... must have spatha.... sob sob ...

Man thats so beutiful. I´m awstruck. Simply amasing.

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Apr, 2006 6:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Kenton Spaulding wrote:
Tim Lison wrote:
I don't usually go for the Roman stuff, but damn, this is gorgeous!


I'm in the same boat. Usually the later period stuff is what fires my engines...but wow! That thing is stunning. What kind of wood did you use? What are the stats?

That is just beautiful. Very classy looking, if you know what I mean. A sword I would be very, very proud to own. That is one lucky customer!

Love it,

Kenton
Hi, The wood use is cocobolo burl for guard and pommel and cocobolo straight grain for grip, cut from the same block.
stats:
steel: 5160
blade length: 31 1/8"
blade width: 2"
balance: 5.75" from guard
sweet spot: around 12" from tip
Grip: 4"
hilt: 8"
weight: 2.7 lbs.
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Apr, 2006 9:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gaaaaaa......Yep, that is one beautiful Spatha. Very nice, John. Like the others, the style is usually a little early for me, but I have to say that I'd have to constantly be wiping the drool off that thing if it was in my possession.
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That's the best looking Roman sword, spatha or gladius, that I've ever seen. I'm sure that the emperor Pertinax would have been happy to own it. I bet his Praetorian guard would have killed him to possess it.
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Apr, 2006 10:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'd take that one into battle against the Parthians!

Very nice piece. The Romans had great taste Cool
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Apr, 2006 11:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lol, the name... Big Grin

I know there was the Roman Emperor by that name (126 - 193, according to Wikipedia), but the name always brings the memories of electronic circuit boards - they were made from paper, laminated with artificial resin, and went by the name Pertinax here. Big Grin


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PostPosted: Tue 18 Apr, 2006 5:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Your spatha style sword is very beautiful, John. I need something like that, one of these days.
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I just had to jump on board with everyone else and say 'Wow'.

That sword is beautiful. Your historically inspired work has come quite a long way in such a short time. In this piece, the file work in the bronze components really caught my eye. The two fullered blade is also quite nice, my only observation is that I would think that the fullers should continue at their full width into the guard plate; the photos look like they start to trail off before getting to the guard. Maybe it is just the light. . .

Cheers and applause for a job well done. Magnificent.
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Jonathon Janusz wrote:
I just had to jump on board with everyone else and say 'Wow'.

That sword is beautiful. Your historically inspired work has come quite a long way in such a short time. In this piece, the file work in the bronze components really caught my eye. The two fullered blade is also quite nice, my only observation is that I would think that the fullers should continue at their full width into the guard plate; the photos look like they start to trail off before getting to the guard. Maybe it is just the light. . .

Cheers and applause for a job well done. Magnificent.
Yeah the fullers do end before the guard, giving a little more intregrety to the shoulder area and easier to clean. I sure thank you for your comments Happy
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PostPosted: Fri 21 Apr, 2006 2:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's very attractive.

I'm curious: Is this based on something specific or a combination of things?

What kind of cross-section does the blade have? it looks to go to hex near the tip. Is that a lighting issue?

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Apr, 2006 3:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim Lison wrote:
I don't usually go for the Roman stuff, but damn, this is gorgeous!

"Gorgeous" was my very first thought, too. "Want!" and "Can't afford! WOE!" were quick to follow. Big Grin

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Apr, 2006 7:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
That's very attractive.

I'm curious: Is this based on something specific or a combination of things?

What kind of cross-section does the blade have? it looks to go to hex near the tip. Is that a lighting issue?
Hi Nathan, that is hex cross section no trick:)
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PostPosted: Sat 22 Apr, 2006 4:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

John,

Wonderful job! It is stunning.

Congrads!

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Blaz Berlec wrote:
...I know there was the Roman Emperor by that name (126 - 193, according to Wikipedia)....
Publius Helvius Pertinax was emporer, at the fickle pleasure of the praetorian guard, for only a few months in 193.
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Apr, 2006 5:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
That's very attractive.

I'm curious: Is this based on something specific or a combination of things?

What kind of cross-section does the blade have? it looks to go to hex near the tip. Is that a lighting issue?
I'm sorry to say that no, it is not based on any one specimen. Just as per usual for me, an inspired piece with a combination of features I have seen on many historical Roman Spatha. The blade is kinda like a few examples of Percursors 4-8 In Oakshott Records. I should have probably put a ring chape tip on the scabbard as well. Next time! Wink
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Apr, 2006 5:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Who's the lucky customer? Speak up!
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I thought it was Ty Nguyen... maybe I've got that wrong will have to go check...
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