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Dan Dickinson
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Aug, 2011 6:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks good J.D. ! How does that Windlass transitional Viking handle? Also, were you able to straighten/modify the DT2130's cross while it was in place or did you have to disassemble it?
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Dan
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Valentino Paolilla




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PostPosted: Mon 15 Aug, 2011 2:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This post received a lot of great feedback so far. Outrageous collections as well. Mr. J.D. Crawford... Very nice collection. Mr. Dan Dickinson... You have an amazing & serious collection yourself. You can arm a nice selection of a Calvary... Wink
Your tongue is your sword, & your mouth is your shield; what you say can stab you, & what you don't say can protect you...
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J.D. Crawford




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PostPosted: Mon 15 Aug, 2011 2:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dan Dickinson wrote:
Looks good J.D. ! How does that Windlass transitional Viking handle? Also, were you able to straighten/modify the DT2130's cross while it was in place or did you have to disassemble it?
Thanks,
Dan


Hi Dan,

The Windlass is one of my sentimental favorites, kind of like your DT2130. It actually handles quite well, less from PoB (which is quite far out) than from mass distribution, in part owing to more of a distal taper than one sees on most their swords.

The Del Tin modification was done by Eyal at Darksword. Apparently it was tough to get apart. He needed a machinist to remove the pommel, and then he replaced the cross with one of his straight models (from the Crecy sword). Since I already had the long version 2130 this was more or less an experimental project - I plan to let it go soon.

Regards, JD
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Jonah Marlow




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PostPosted: Wed 31 Aug, 2011 7:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Patrick Kelly wrote:
Discount the sword on lower left.
Is that an Albion Senlac on the bottom right with a added cross?
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J.D. Crawford




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PostPosted: Sun 11 Aug, 2013 11:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As requested elsewhere, here's an updated photo of my best 10 crusader era swords:

From left to right:

A&A Custom X (original in Switzerland).
Jeff Helmes Custom Korsoygaden Sword (Norway)
A&A St. Maurice
Albion St. Maurice
A&A Custom Type O/XII (Original in Germany?)
Jeff Helmes Custom XII (Original in France)
A&A Custom XIIIb (composite of originals found in Eastern Eastern Europe).
A&A Custom XI (composite of originals found in Central Europe).
Albion Tritonia
Albion Caithness

Background: a bunch of antique bottles dug up when I was a teenager

In quest of offbeat pommel types, I seem to have sold off all my disc pommels. That should be corrected - I do like I and H pommels very much.

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Patrick Kelly




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PostPosted: Sun 11 Aug, 2013 4:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice array there J.D. I think you might have a theme going!
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PostPosted: Sun 11 Aug, 2013 4:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here are some of my Crusader era swords. The title is a stretch for a couple of them.

From left to right -

Albion Oakeshott Xa
A&A Alexandrian Arsenal XXa
Albion Reeve X
Valiant Armory Templar XIIa
DT5144, XV often called a "late Crusader sword"



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Taylor Ellis




PostPosted: Mon 12 Aug, 2013 6:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Crusader era swords are my absolute favourite swords, and there are some very nice ones in this thread.

I have a couple of longswords, but only one crusader era sword, made by Jeff Helmes earlier this year. I chose Jeff because of his fantastic inlay work, as well as the fact he made the blade out of materials that would appear identical to a sword of this period.



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Jeremy V. Krause




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PostPosted: Mon 12 Aug, 2013 7:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's an absolute beauty Taylor!

Just phenomenal work.
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Henrik Granlid




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PostPosted: Tue 13 Aug, 2013 4:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My very first (and only) sword.

A Coinpommel by Pavel Moc, the sister-sword of his Hastings (which has a brazil nut).

The blade is hollow ground with an edge about 2mm thick. The grind is deep and something about the blade geometry gives her a somewhat deeper tone when vibrating.

The scabbard is made from 0.7mm plywood strips wrapped in linnen and covered in waxed linnen and a blue thread made from wooden fibre, the method is period, the materials would prefferably be leather and birch/linden, but I did not have an awful lot of time on my hands when I made it, and it has served me so well that I haven't taken the effort to make it ultra-proper yet.







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Christopher B Lellis




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PostPosted: Tue 13 Aug, 2013 4:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dan Dickinson wrote:
Ahh, I too love this period.
Here are my crusades era swords.
First, the group shot arranged by Oakeshott classification.
Top Row:
Albion Reeve, Vigil, custom Del Tin 2133, Albion Gaddhjalt, Arn, Norman, St. Maurice of Turin, Templar, Oakeshott, and Ritter.
Bottom Row:
Custom Ollin type XII, Albion SL Knightly, Knight, SL Great Sword, Baron, Duke, Tritonia, Sovereign, and Vassal.






I hope you like them,
Dan



Whistles*.... Impressive collection.

That sword, 2nd from top left, double fuller.

That's the best sword in your collection Cool What's you actual favorite though?
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Dan K. F.




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PostPosted: Wed 14 Aug, 2013 9:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I don't have anything to contribute yet but seeing all these swords has raised a question for me - how common would longswords have been in this period? I always assumed longswords wouldn't have been as common in the 12-13th centuries but based on the number of Albions I see here they must not have been as uncommon as I'd thought.
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PostPosted: Thu 15 Aug, 2013 4:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, some swords shown here couldn't be used in real Crusades but rather later Egyptian or Turk crusades, that's what confuses you. Wink
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Bryan Heff




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PostPosted: Sat 17 Aug, 2013 6:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote





I think these would all fit into the right time period for one of the early Crusades.

Customized GSOW shortened to a one-hander, Albion Senlac, Costumized H/T Norman
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Bryan Heff




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PostPosted: Sun 18 Aug, 2013 5:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Del Tin


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