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Bruno Giordan





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PostPosted: Wed 02 May, 2007 5:25 am    Post subject: Pics and stats of Conyers falchion and others wanted         Reply with quote

I would like to gather up as many infos and pics of the Conyers falchion and any other surviving specimen.

Particularly I would like to know point of balance and distal taper stats.

I already know the excellent article by Bjorn Hellqvist.

Thanks in advance
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Michael S. Rivet





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PostPosted: Wed 02 May, 2007 7:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

http://bjorn.foxtail.nu/h_conyers_eng.htm

I'm sure you've seen this site already, but in the section titled "the blade" it has some comments about the distal taper on the Conyers.
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PostPosted: Wed 02 May, 2007 8:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Stats for the Thorpe falchion, from my review of MRL's German falchion ( http://www.myArmoury.com/review_mrl_falc.html ):


Alan E. West, Curator of Archaeology for Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, has generously provided the following additional information about the Thorpe Falchion. I've added inch and pound conversions in parentheses.

Measurements and Specifications of Original:
Weight: 904g (1.98 pounds)
Overall length: 956mm (37.6")
Blade length: 803mm Blade (31.6")
Blade width: 48mm (1.8") at hilt
Max blade width: 56mm (2.2") at 225mm (8.8") from tip
Blade thickness: 2.5mm (.09") max thickness
Guard width: 196mm (7.7")
Guard thickness: 9mm (.35") at blade
Grip length: 100mm (3.9")
Pommel Width: 148mm (1.8")
Pommel Length: 44mm (1.7")
Point of Balance: 243mm (9.6") from end of pommel

Blade notes: Single fuller of 1.5-2mm (.05"-.07") width runs 5mm (.19") parallel to back of blade on one side of the blade only. False edge appears to have same bevel as true edge.

Mr. West noted that the grip is missing and the blade edge shows "numerous notches," while the back of the blade is in better condition. He said the pommel is brass with engraved images of animals and monsters. As for provenance, West said the falchion was dredged from the River Yare at Thorpe St. Andrew in 1833 and has been in the collection of the Norwich Museum (now Norwich Castle Museum) since that time.

-Sean

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Bruno Giordan





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PostPosted: Wed 02 May, 2007 8:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

While thanking you all I wish to point out this Czerny's auction for a german falchion

http://server.thetisweb.com/czernysasp/scheda...lotto=0954

A fair bit shorter than the Thorpe, since all in all it is just 75 cms and something.
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Danny Grigg





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PostPosted: Mon 24 Dec, 2012 5:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I came across these colour photos of the Conyers Falchion the other day:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnnysullivan/7250402328/sizes/h/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnnysullivan/7250402328/


In the second post:
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?...&pp=30

I hope these are helpful.

Danny
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Glen A Cleeton




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PostPosted: Tue 25 Dec, 2012 6:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

An archive.org link for Bjorn's old pages.
http://web.archive.org/web/20110725102543/htt...rs_eng.htm

The Conyers kind of dwarfs the Thorpe in some regards. It is a falchion that is not often reproduced. I had one on the secondary market that was made by Glen Parrell. Sent off to another's collection but had always been an interesting comparative item. Not terribly different from the original excepting some grinding and a longer grip.

Cheers

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