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Chip F.





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PostPosted: Tue 07 Jul, 2020 11:27 am    Post subject: Removing stock from an assembled sword         Reply with quote

Hi folks,

I have a question here for anyone who knows about bladesmithing: about a year ago I received a long awaited custom sword that I commissioned from a reputable smith. After spending some time with the blade, I really feel that there are elements of its construction that arenít quite practical. The biggest of these is that itís simply too forward-heavy. The smith decided to make a very thick blade, and though there is a distal taper, it isnít pronounced enough to make the sword easy to wield in one hand.

My question is - is it feasible that an experienced smith would be able to grind stock off the blade to improve the balance without serious risk to the sword? The sword is fully constructed with a peened pommel, so disassembly is not an option.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Alan Schiff
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Location: Las Vegas
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PostPosted: Tue 07 Jul, 2020 2:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Increasing the distal taper is definitely doable without removing the hilt, I've done so for a couple of customers. Though usually it's not difficult to remove the hilt, even if peened, and then re-peen it afterward. The times I've had to grind with the hilt intact were when some anomaly in the hilt construction made it impossible to remove.

Hope that helps,
Alan
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Ian Hutchison




Location: Louisiana / Nordrhein-Westholland
Joined: 27 Nov 2007

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PostPosted: Tue 07 Jul, 2020 5:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The answer to your question is 'yes', it is not that difficult at all. I am doing that very thing right now with an $80 Deepeeka shashka, knocking it down from 900g to 700-800g.

I've been using a 1x30 belt sander with a 40 grit zirconia belt . It removes material slowly enough to prevent mistakes but quickly enough to prevent exhaustion, I just have to remember to cool the blade in water regularly. It has taken about 2 hours to remove ~90g.

'We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.' - Adrian Carton de Wiart
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