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Jeremy V. Krause




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PostPosted: Tue 10 Sep, 2019 9:28 am    Post subject: Jeff Helmes 12th C. sword         Reply with quote

Hi Everyone,

I love swords of the 12th. C., (especially type XIs) and when I can swing it I like getting swords that are made using traditional materials and construction. I looked at makers and settled on Jeff Helmes. He has produced some beautiful swords over the years and though his recent work has been leaning more towards the migration era I knew that he had made some fantastic high medieval pieces in the past. Jeff also didn't have a multi-year waiting period; he was excited about the project, so everything came together.

Next, I had to decide on a sword to reproduce. In general I prefer swords based off of period originals. Sometimes we have the benefit of the smith handling an original but more often they have to depend on pictures and descriptions. I wanted a sword from the period 1100-1200 CE. with a very good picture of the inlay so that it could be produced as close to the original as possible. Most pieces we see in books just state what the inlay is or says but we don't get a good picture of it. For me having a sword recreated without the inlay or guessing how the inlay looked just isn't acceptable for a high end custom job.

So having these requirements put together I arrived at XI.3 in Records, also called the Søborg sword. We have good pictures of the sword and very clear drawings of the inlay.

This sword will be composed of shear steel with a lower carbon content core and higher content edge. The hilt components will be in wrought iron. The inlay will be executed in silver like the original.

I will be posting updates as they come along but for now. . . . .



Here is the blade rough ground.

Stay tuned!
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Sep, 2019 6:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

And here is a shot of the inlay going in.

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PostPosted: Fri 13 Sep, 2019 5:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jeremy,
Looking good! I’m looking forward to seeing this one develop.

Happy

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PostPosted: Fri 13 Sep, 2019 4:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I saw the inlay work on Jeff's Facebook page earlier today. Congratulations on commissioning this great piece! I second Chad and am looking forward to seeing this as it is finished.
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PostPosted: Sat 14 Sep, 2019 4:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Excellent choice Jeremy! It's good to see Jeff back in the medieval game. I look forward to seeing this develop.
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PostPosted: Wed 18 Sep, 2019 5:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here are more update pictures. Everything is looking good to me!

These pictures are after heat treat. The inlay really stands out here.





And I gather these shots are after the blade has been cleaned up a bit more.



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PostPosted: Thu 19 Sep, 2019 5:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is looking amazing. I like how there is some texture in the steel visible in the pictures after heat treat.
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PostPosted: Thu 19 Sep, 2019 12:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Often one has to choose between hand-made/organic looking versus clean and symmetric. With Jeff you get both.
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PostPosted: Tue 01 Oct, 2019 1:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here is the blade after more polishing. . .





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PostPosted: Tue 01 Oct, 2019 5:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sexy...and remarkably little damage after chopping that tree into kindling. Happy

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PostPosted: Thu 03 Oct, 2019 8:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm swimming in drool. I love this sword. Jeff does such nice work, I can't wait to see the finished piece.
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Nov, 2019 1:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

And here's the latest update of the rough hilt.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Nov, 2019 2:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks like the makings of the best-ever version of the best-ever XI.
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Nov, 2019 4:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's looking FANTASTIC!!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Nov, 2019 6:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's really cool. Love the progress in pictures.
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PostPosted: Tue 03 Dec, 2019 1:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here are some photos Jeff sent me. It looks like we just need to get the scabbard done now.





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PostPosted: Tue 03 Dec, 2019 5:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yeah baby! You know, I'm kind of midway between you and Jeff. Rather than going through all the trouble of shipping it across the border, Jeff could ship it to me, and I could hold it for you until you're ready to pick it up. Like in the summer some time. Happy
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PostPosted: Wed 04 Dec, 2019 6:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J.D. Crawford wrote:
Yeah baby! You know, I'm kind of midway between you and Jeff. Rather than going through all the trouble of shipping it across the border, Jeff could ship it to me, and I could hold it for you until you're ready to pick it up. Like in the summer some time. Happy


You know then at least you could figure out the nodes, pivot points, and all that stuff I don't know how to do.

Happy
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PostPosted: Wed 04 Dec, 2019 6:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jeremy V. Krause wrote:
J.D. Crawford wrote:
Yeah baby! You know, I'm kind of midway between you and Jeff. Rather than going through all the trouble of shipping it across the border, Jeff could ship it to me, and I could hold it for you until you're ready to pick it up. Like in the summer some time. Happy


You know then at least you could figure out the nodes, pivot points, and all that stuff I don't know how to do.

Happy


Oh yes, I'd write you a full review, as long as I get to play with it for a few months. Happy
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PostPosted: Wed 04 Dec, 2019 1:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey, thanks guys! This has been a fun and challenging project. I was telling Jeremy that I was amazed that a sword that was so long, can feel so nice in the hand.
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