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M. Adair Orr





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PostPosted: Mon 02 Nov, 2020 9:00 am    Post subject: 16th Century side-ring hilt - DIY project         Reply with quote

I've begun another project sword. This one is using the blade from a Windlass German Bastard Sword, an unknown old pommel and cross guard.

I ground three fullers in the blade and have begun dressing them with riffler files.

I filled some ugly details that were on the quillons with some weld beads and blended them in.

I turned some finals on a lathe, forged them to shape, then spliced them into the side rings for some added detail. I don't really have a historical precedent for this specific detail, but aesthetically I felt it needed something.

I plan on welding in a projecting tongue on the quillon block to give it some substance, you might be able to see the sharpie outline in one of the photos. This will give me some space for a bit more detailed file work.

I'm just improvising with this piece, making use of some pieces I had in the shop. I wish this was modelled after a specific historical piece.

-Adair



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M. Adair Orr





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PostPosted: Mon 02 Nov, 2020 10:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Crazy,
I was randomly searching pinterest this morning and found the exact hilt that the fittings I used must have tried to duplicate. It appears to be sword that sold at Sotheby's in 2007. I wish I'd have had this image before the weekend project.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogu...t.980.html



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Jeff Cierniak




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PostPosted: Mon 02 Nov, 2020 12:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think it looks great. A bastard of a bastard sword at this point, eh?

Are you planning on finishing the grip more? I think a cord wrapped grip would really complete it, personally.
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M. Adair Orr





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PostPosted: Mon 02 Nov, 2020 1:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Jeff,
This is definitely an early stage, there is lots of work to be done including the chord wrap. The double bastard indeed. Thanks!
-A.
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M. Adair Orr





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PostPosted: Sun 15 Nov, 2020 5:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tonight I welded in an extension to the quillon block. I also built up some weld beads at the base of the side rings to make a tapered transition.


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Jeff Cierniak




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PostPosted: Sun 15 Nov, 2020 5:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looking good! I think that tapered transition will be a good call in the final product.
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