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Tim Harris
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PostPosted: Sun 05 Aug, 2018 5:24 am    Post subject: 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword         Reply with quote

For most of my sword making career, I've been producing practical weapons for HEMA use at a modest price point, within a reasonably quick turnaround time. The majority of my weapons have been something of a compromise between period look and feel and the need for them to take a thrashing. In historical terms, what I do would be no more than munitions grade, which has made me hesitant to post anything, given the standard of so much of the work that appears here.

That said, I'm happy enough to post this. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a faithful reproduction. I'd say it's a weapon in the style of the English 1795 heavy cavalry sword. It is a few millimeters shy of accurate spec, and at 1.1 kg, may be a slightly lighter than original.

There is plenty I would do again if I had the chance - I'm not happy with the fit of the backstrap, for example, and the grip is not accurate, but the customer was pleased.

The blade is forged from sup9 (an auto leaf-sping formulation, similar to 5160). I've used weathered metal for some of the fittings, which replicates the look of an original to some extent.

Some crucial measurements were provided by Nicky G, a member here.



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Jeremiah Swanger




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PostPosted: Fri 10 Aug, 2018 1:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think it looks quite nice.

Some may not care for the pitting on some of the surfaces, but I think it lends kind of a "battle-hardened" mystique to it.

Looking forward to your projects in the future!

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Rhaegar fought valiantly.
Rhaegar fought honorably.
And Rhaegar died."

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