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Risto Rautiainen




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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec, 2005 11:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's two.


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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec, 2005 11:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Steve Grisetti wrote:
Edward Hitchens wrote:
My A&A Schloss Erbach has an A&A stamp on the blade. It says "AA" with a motif of an anvil.
Can you post a picture? I haven't found a maker's mark on either my GBS or my Gustav Vasa. (of course, my wife often says that I'm blind....)


Looks like Chad and Nathan beat me to it. Idea It looks more like a crown than an anvil; I'm actually out of town right now and don't have the sword with me. I have two other Arms&Armor pieces and my Erbach (ca. 2000) is the only one with a maker's stamp. -Ted

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Dec, 2005 5:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is something that we were just talking about at our last meeting on wither or not OlliN would start marking our blades. That is so cool that it is also something under discussion here too. I love the list of maker's marks that you've got going. Some of those I had not seen before.

Personally, I like the pieces marked. It's a way for people to look back and know where the piece is from. And many years down the road, on future servers you'll find someone posting a pic saying, "anyone know who's mark this is?"

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Dec, 2005 5:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Risto Rautiainen wrote:
Here's two.


For the sake of completeness: IIRC only the Pavel Moc swords made by Pavel himself bear those two marks, the others only bear the lower mark.
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Dec, 2005 8:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Anton de Vries wrote:

For the sake of completeness: IIRC only the Pavel Moc swords made by Pavel himself bear those two marks, the others only bear the lower mark.


Thanks for clarifying that. I was a bit puzzled about why the two marks and figured it would be something like that but wasn't sure...

Edited to add this one. Very hard to distinguish from others... Laughing Out Loud



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PostPosted: Thu 15 Dec, 2005 5:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

We've never touchmarked our items (though we've discussed it enough), because we don't have the time to make one for ourselves and never seem to have the $$ on hand to have one made for us. Our blades ARE marked however, we stamp the tang with our initials and the completion date. It's just not visible unless the grip is removed.

Also, there is a blacksmiths' touchmark registry here: http://www.anvilfire.com/registry/index.htm

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PostPosted: Sun 05 Apr, 2009 7:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here is another mark for the "database". This is the mark Leo Todeschini (aka Tod) puts on his blades. I should point out that some blades I have and have seen are unmarked.


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PostPosted: Sun 05 Apr, 2009 8:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That Lars Hansen one is pretty cool. Laughing Out Loud
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Here's mine, although I have only made knives and daggers so far, so you won't see it on a sword in the immediate future at least. Oddly enough I don't have a finished blade here with a stamp on it to photograph, so this little pic will have to do for now. If someone (Nathan?) wants to add it to the list feel free, I will update it with a better pic when I can.
I sort of figured most smiths at least probably made their own, some of the ones I have seen look definitely handmade. I'm surprised how many say they don't have one, though.
Many years ago, before I made my current stamp, I had one made with with my name on it, it cost around 65$ IIRC (very modern looking but I made modern styled knives then).
When I started making historically-inspired pieces and didn't want my very modern-looking name stamp on them I came up with a simple file-work pattern to apply, usually on the spine of the blade.
My current stamping tool is made using a home-made die so I can make a new one when it becomes necessary. Seems like the way to go if you can forge and heat treat steel, and you have the bonus of knowing first-hand that your stamp is unique.



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PostPosted: Mon 06 Apr, 2009 10:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Justin King wrote:
If someone (Nathan?) wants to add it to the list feel free


Your mark is now listed on the Original List of Marks

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PostPosted: Tue 07 Apr, 2009 10:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

here are some more

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PostPosted: Tue 07 Apr, 2009 3:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I am wondering how many of these are "touchmarks" (stamped into a hot or annealed blade) versus engravings? (You may also see acid etches, although these usually seem more shallow to me viewed in person than the examples shown.) Also, if artisans have a preference based upon historical accuracy versus perfection in the final finish? For some examples pictured, it seems obvious. I am guessing a stamped mark was historically more traditional. Now with CNC shaping, it looks like many are precision milled.
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PostPosted: Tue 23 Aug, 2011 6:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Another: Fabri Armorum.

(Found in this thread: http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=19684 )



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PostPosted: Tue 23 Aug, 2011 9:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I am late in regarding this thread but this mark from above and this



Is the Albion/ATrim mark and will likely only be found on those swords from the early years

I have a Kevin Cashen mark here on a journeyman knife he did. That KC mark has remained from his early years on.

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PostPosted: Wed 04 Sep, 2013 6:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's how Hanwei/Chen marks some of their blades. From this thread. Posted by William Swiger, photo by B. Pogue.


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