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PostPosted: Sat 04 Feb, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim Lison wrote:
Here are the latest shots. Jeff has the grip ready and the scabbard with strap bridge underway. It's looking great. The addition of the grip really shows how nice the proportions of this sword are.


Yes indeed! What did the blade length came out to?

I like the design on the scabbard - can't remember seeing something like this before. And what's the material used for the slot to take the baldric strap? Is that bone?
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PostPosted: Sat 04 Feb, 2012 10:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you folks!

Doug, the strap bridge, is made from red deer antler and the blade is 84.5 cm. It is a fairly big blade. There is no concave shape to the profile. This is the result of many sharpenings over its life span.

Jean, you have to thank Tim for the proportions really. I had to try several times to get it just right. In the end I'm glad he kept pushing me as I think the proportions are very pleasing.
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PostPosted: Sat 04 Feb, 2012 12:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

WOW Tim,

That's really a beautiful sword. I'm seriously jealous. I hope I can make it to the Chicago area some time and maybe see some of your fine collection. Happy

You've definitely got one of the most impressive collections around in my book. Eek!
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PostPosted: Sat 04 Feb, 2012 1:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Holy crap that's nice.

Tim, whenever you have the time, please post a lineup of your collection...how many Robert Moc, Barta, arms and armor customs have you accumulated these past years? all jaw dropping blades...not one I would not sell my car for Happy

You do have great taste in swords, and obviously know where to knock to get these done,...by the very best only.

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PostPosted: Sat 04 Feb, 2012 1:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm not sure that we (us collectors) appreciate the finer details involved in making a blade like this.

Check out the things being said about this sword on Bladesmith's Forum: http://forums.dfoggknives.com/index.php?showtopic=22195
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PostPosted: Sat 04 Feb, 2012 2:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is outrageously good work... and being completed in a time-frame that should attract the attention of any maker out there.

Impressive on all fronts.

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PostPosted: Sat 04 Feb, 2012 9:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the compliments everyone! Jeff has been really good to work with! I will take a group shot of my swords at some point very soon. Jeff sent me a photo of the strap bridge now that it has been secured to the scabbard. I love the subtle details on the straps that hold it to the scabbard.


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PostPosted: Sun 05 Feb, 2012 1:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Awesome work! Congratulations!
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb, 2012 7:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jeff sent pictures of the completed belt fittings and chape today... I love them. He will be sending finished shots soon. I can't wait!


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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb, 2012 8:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's a fun pic Jeff sent. He's wearing a hauberk with the finished sword over it. The photo gives a nice look at what it will be like to wear it...


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PostPosted: Fri 24 Feb, 2012 5:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice set-up! An elegant, no-nonsense warrior's weapon deserves a stylish but understated suspension system like this. Looking forward to some more detailed 'artistic' shots of the final product.

I'm curious about the suspension system, especially the extra long strap reaching quite far down the scabbard; where did Jeff come up with this?
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Feb, 2012 10:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It does seem a bit long. I think I will shorten it up. Most of the strap work is inspired by conceptual sketches done by Peter Johnson, but I just guessed at the distance. I will have to see how Tim feels about my shortening it a bit.

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PostPosted: Fri 24 Feb, 2012 10:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I didn't mean to be critical Jeff, it looks good. Its just longer than usual so I wondered if you were basing on something in particular. The only practical concern I could see is that it might tend to catch on things walking through brushy territory.
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Mar, 2012 8:36 am    Post subject: In Progress sword by Jeff Helmes!!!         Reply with quote


What a nice sword recreated from an archaeological find.

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PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar, 2012 7:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Now that the sword has FINALLY made it to Tim, I can share a few pic of it finished. The lower strap in this image was altered after the photo shoot so I just left it off in these pics.






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PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar, 2012 7:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This sword is just great! Jeff was fantastic to work with as well. I can't say enough good things about his work. The sword is great, the scabbard is great, the fittings are great! It was a pleasure to work with Jeff and I look forward to doing so again!
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PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar, 2012 8:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Group shot of later viking period swords. (Well...mostly)


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PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar, 2012 9:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a beautiful sword to add to your phenomenal collection.

Your newest sword is among my favorite designs and the inlay is stunning.
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PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar, 2012 10:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim Lison wrote:
Group shot of later viking period swords. (Well...mostly)


You're killin' me.

Eek!
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PostPosted: Wed 28 Mar, 2012 11:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim Lison wrote:
Group shot of later viking period swords. (Well...mostly)


You sort of could equip your own Longship crew of Vikings and pillage a good monastery of it's gold and house liqueur or beer. Wink Razz Laughing Out Loud ( A monastery making a nice Belgium dark " Trapiste " beer or one making the original Benedictine high proof liqueur ).

That's an impressive group of swords. Big Grin Cool

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