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Jeremy V. Krause




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PostPosted: Mon 13 Jan, 2020 8:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Again everyone,

I have a few new photos to show with a completed chape and nearly completed scabbard.







Here is the scabbard illustration which Jeff is basing the reproduction scabbard after. It will be a vertically hanging integral belt set up once done. This will be a different configuration than those off-set belt systems typically seen in reproductions but is more, I believe, historically accurate based on what I have learned about earlier medieval scabbards. This configuration will have the complication that when worn naturally the scabbard will reach the ground. Apparently, in period, forward pressure would be applied to the hilt to raise the scabbard off the ground. What was done when the sword was drawn I don't know but staying as accurate as possible outweighed the more practical concerns I suppose.




Anyway, we are almost there!
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PostPosted: Mon 13 Jan, 2020 10:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really beautiful. Here's a seasonal name suggestion: 'Snowpiercer' (not to be confused with the movie).

Interesting suspension. I'm not clear what you mean by 'forward pressure on the hilt'. You mean with your hand? Sounds awkward.

The texture of the scabbard surface confuses me a bit. Near the throat its clearly leather, but toward the tip in almost looks like carved and stained wood. But I don't see a transition point, so I guess its all leather?
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Jeremy V. Krause




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J.D. Crawford wrote:
Really beautiful. Here's a seasonal name suggestion: 'Snowpiercer' (not to be confused with the movie).

Interesting suspension. I'm not clear what you mean by 'forward pressure on the hilt'. You mean with your hand? Sounds awkward.

The texture of the scabbard surface confuses me a bit. Near the throat its clearly leather, but toward the tip in almost looks like carved and stained wood. But I don't see a transition point, so I guess its all leather?


Oh I think it would be awkward but all the evidence we have shows that scabbards before 1200 C.E. hung vertically. Yes, by forward pressure I mean with the left hand. For a blade of this length (36.5 inches) the wearer would have to be 6 ft. for the scabbard to clear the ground hung vertically. Like I said; I don't know what they would have done when the sword was drawn.

It's an interesting issue.

The scabbard is covered in leather for its length.
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PostPosted: Mon 13 Jan, 2020 2:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jeremy V. Krause wrote:
For a blade of this length (36.5 inches) the wearer would have to be 6 ft. for the scabbard to clear the ground hung vertically. Like I said; I don't know what they would have done when the sword was drawn.


Presumably this blade is meant to be used from a saddle. How would that work? Maybe shift the belt to the side a bit?
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