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David Stokes





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PostPosted: Fri 29 Sep, 2006 1:44 pm    Post subject: A Sword By Peter Lyon....Inspired by his work on LOTR         Reply with quote

About 5 years ago, when Fellowship of the RIng came out , i contacted Peter Lyon, the swordsmith for the films, in regards to a commission. At the time Peter was still taking commissions.
To make a really long story short, Peter began emailing me progress pictures of my sword a few weeks ago and its near completion at this point.
The design is something Peter and i aggreed upon and is inspired heavily but the Lord of the Rings movie swords.
All work on this sword is done by Peter by hand except for the leather coverings of the grip and scabbard which are done by the same gentleman that did them for the movies.........
This sword is as close as you can get to a LoTR movie sword, short of owning a prop........The design is VERY close to several of the main heros swords and really looks like it COULD have been in the film....



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Full shot of the blade with unfinished hilt components

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Progress shot of finished guard mounted on blade.
Notice the deep hollow grinds of the blade...


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carved handle wood core assembled on tang for fitting.

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assembled sword in scabbard prior to finishing and leather covering.

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a funny picture that Peter made showing the sharpness of the blade by shaving a sheet of paper. YES this thing is sharp!

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The leather covered and dyed handle prior to fittings.

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The fully polished and assembled hilt....... Before peening

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Another shot of the assembled, but not peened, hilt.
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David Stokes





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PostPosted: Fri 29 Sep, 2006 1:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

a closeup of the chape of the scabbard. this is prior to polishing.
Peters battery in his camera died, but more pictures are coming soon.



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a closeup of the chape of the scabbard

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The drawing Peter sent me 5 years ago of the plan for the sword. Note: originally it was going to have bronze fittings and oxblood leather. That changed
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Sep, 2006 1:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey! Check that out. I'd guess that anybody wishing to have a sword somewhat inspired by those in the Lord of the Rings movies might as well go to the source! It's really great seeing new work from Mr. Lyon. I know his focus is not on the private collector as much as it once was, given his popularity and expansion into new areas. Thank you for sharing.
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Bryce Felperin




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PostPosted: Fri 29 Sep, 2006 1:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, that is one fantastic looking sword!

I really can appreciate the fact that he managed to include the properties of a hollow-ground blade, deep-wide fuller and diamond cross-section all in one blade and make it look so good. That in itself itself is pretty fantastic if you ask me!

I'd invest in some Museum Wax soon dude. You don't want to let that mirror bright finish get tarnished or it will be a bitch to polish out later. ;-)

Great sword, good job getting it. You have my envy sir!
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Sep, 2006 2:59 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

speak of the devil!
ITS FINISHED!

here are shots of the finished sword in scabbard.
the scabbard is suede lined, wood core, leather covered



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Martin Wilkinson





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PostPosted: Fri 29 Sep, 2006 3:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is absolutely gorgeous.

It really does look like something out of the movies.

Once again it's stunning.

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David Stokes





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PostPosted: Fri 29 Sep, 2006 7:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bryce Felperin wrote:
Wow, that is one fantastic looking sword!

I really can appreciate the fact that he managed to include the properties of a hollow-ground blade, deep-wide fuller and diamond cross-section all in one blade and make it look so good. That in itself itself is pretty fantastic if you ask me!

I'd invest in some Museum Wax soon dude. You don't want to let that mirror bright finish get tarnished or it will be a bitch to polish out later. ;-)

Great sword, good job getting it. You have my envy sir!



actually Peter suggests a polish compound called "Autosol"......... its made in Germany...... no one in the states sells it but its avalible on FleaBay........ its a polish that leaves a wax coating......
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PostPosted: Sat 30 Sep, 2006 12:45 am    Post subject: What a gorgeous Sword         Reply with quote

David that's a God-aweful beautiful blade. There are few people out there who do hollow grinding as well as Peter. Since Peter has been doing more and more movie work, the mere fact that you got something from him at all makes it all the more collectable. Congrats on a fine blade and one that will certainly accent your already illustrious LOTR pieces. David if you can shoot me a PM I want to ask you something.

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Lee O'Hagan




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PostPosted: Sat 30 Sep, 2006 1:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cool
Looks Excellent David,
Definately looks worth the wait,
Congrats Cool
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PostPosted: Sat 30 Sep, 2006 3:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David Stokes wrote:



actually Peter suggests a polish compound called "Autosol"......... its made in Germany...... no one in the states sells it but its avalible on FleaBay........ its a polish that leaves a wax coating......


Beautifull sword David, the blade especially looks fantastic Happy. Autosol is excellent stuff, if you buff long enough you'll get a chrome finish. I use it on all of my weapons and on my helms; of course it is more readily available here in Norway, I can just go to an Autostore and get it there.

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David Stokes





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PostPosted: Sat 30 Sep, 2006 4:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Johan S. Moen wrote:
David Stokes wrote:



actually Peter suggests a polish compound called "Autosol"......... its made in Germany...... no one in the states sells it but its avalible on FleaBay........ its a polish that leaves a wax coating......


Beautifull sword David, the blade especially looks fantastic Happy. Autosol is excellent stuff, if you buff long enough you'll get a chrome finish. I use it on all of my weapons and on my helms; of course it is more readily available here in Norway, I can just go to an Autostore and get it there.

Johan Schubert Moen



ya lucky man! I have to order it off Ebay for about $15 a tube!
Im sure there are similar products, but i want to stick wtih what the swordsmith recommended.
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PostPosted: Sun 01 Oct, 2006 8:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations on a fine acquisition David. I especially like the fuller work and hollow grinding on the blade.
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PostPosted: Mon 02 Oct, 2006 12:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Patrick Kelly wrote:
Congratulations on a fine acquisition David. I especially like the fuller work and hollow grinding on the blade.



yeh the blade is really my favorite part. he created a really unique combination of features on this one..... so often the focus is on the hilt..... but this sword really shows what all can be done to a fairly simple blade design...
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PostPosted: Thu 05 Oct, 2006 3:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Peter sent me a few more shots of the finished sword....... he had to go back and add an additional ring to the scabbard, but now it is completly finished. He will be mailing it first part of next week...


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PostPosted: Thu 05 Oct, 2006 11:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cry Oh, my.... it looks so magnificent... what a beautiful job!! Lucky boy!!
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PostPosted: Thu 05 Oct, 2006 5:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David Stokes wrote:
Peter sent me a few more shots of the finished sword....... he had to go back and add an additional ring to the scabbard, but now it is completly finished. He will be mailing it first part of next week...

And now comes the agonizing wait for your new pride and joy to make the trip from NZ to you, hopefully unscathed! Good luck!

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PostPosted: Sat 07 Oct, 2006 6:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

well these are the last pictures Peter sent me of the sword, one of him holding it, and the other , of it in its shipping crate, all ready to go!


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Peter Lyon with sword made for David Stokes

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PostPosted: Sun 08 Oct, 2006 3:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David Stokes wrote:
well these are the last pictures Peter sent me of the sword, one of him holding it, and the other , of it in its shipping crate, all ready to go!
The crate looks secure enough. Good luck on the transport.
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PostPosted: Sun 08 Oct, 2006 2:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This sword is very beautiful, and have many interesting characteristics (like the hollow grinding of the blade).

What is the reason for the fourth ring that was added to the scabbard ? I understand it was not in the initial design... ?
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PostPosted: Sun 08 Oct, 2006 9:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hugo Voisine wrote:
This sword is very beautiful, and have many interesting characteristics (like the hollow grinding of the blade).

What is the reason for the fourth ring that was added to the scabbard ? I understand it was not in the initial design... ?


well originally it was just going to have 3, but peter accidentally put the top one on the wrong side, meaning id have to wear it left handed, so instead of removing the ring and putting another on the other side, I just had him ADD a ring. it also made it a bit more symetrical and allows for right OR left hand wear now...
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