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art-of-swords:

Two-hand Sword for the Field

  • Dated: partly circa 1520-30
  • Culture: German
  • Measurements: overall length 180 cm. Blade length 132 cm

The strong double-edged blade of flattened hexagonal section is cut with a shallow fuller at the forte and with additional short fullers over the sides of the ricasso. They are formed with a pair of basal lugs, struck with a mark, a flower, both within the fuller and at the base of the lugs on both sides.

The later iron hilt of writhen bars, has straight massive quillons with double inner-and outer-rings, the former with chiselled knop terminals and the latter each interrupted by chiselled mouldings. The sword features a large spirally fluted globular pommel and leather-covered grip formed in two moulded stages.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Hermann Historica

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art-of-swords:

Handmade Swords - Earil

  • By Peter Lyon of Weta Workshop
  • Edition Size: 1
  • Measurements: Blade length: 915mm (36”). Overall length: 1217mm (48”). Weight: 1.94Kg (4 pounds 4 ounces). Balance point: 71mm (2.8”) along blade, measured from the shoulder of the blade

The sword has been made especially for the Weta Cave and Weta’s Online Shop to sell to the public. It is similar to late medieval European longswords, but with design flourishes transform it into a piece of art as well. A longsword is light enough and balanced to be used with one hand, but it can also be used two handed for powerful cutting blows. The blade is broad for much of its length, making for strong cuts, but comes to an acute point for effective thrusts, making this a true cut-and-thrust sword.

The individual parts have shapes and detail lines that blend into each other and continue into the next component, so that shapes continue even as the materials change, and the shapes of all the hilt parts draw the eye towards the diamond shaped bosses in the centre of the grip, filled with polished Paua (New Zealand abalone) shell each side. At the same time there is a strong central line through the hilt and along the blade, emphasising the straight and symmetrical shapes of the sword.

This sword has many nautical features which led me to the name, “Aearil”, which in Elvish means “Gleaming Ocean”. 

The straight blade is ground from spring steel bar, and has been heat treated to give the best possible combination of toughness and edge hardness. Historically blades were forged into shape and to remove flaws in the steel, but the consistency and high specifications of modern steels mean this is no longer necessary.

The bevelled edge is blunted for safety and display, but could just as easily be sharpened for cutting tests. The tang of the blade is strong and wide, and passes through the cross guard, grip and pommel, and is peened over the end of the pommel for maximum strength.

The cross guard is cut from a block of mild steel. From the centre block it projects along the blade and towards the ends, which are split into a fork. This is an unusual feature which I don’t recall being used on a sword before. The cross is set onto the shoulders of the blade for extra strength and stability, as was done on medieval European swords to prevent the cross becoming loose and rattling through use.

The grip is made of beech wood, covered with leather. Thin cords under the leather create the designs, and the leather has been carefully tooled to fit into all the shapes created by the cords. The grip was mostly drilled out then fitted by heating the tang and burning out the remaining wood for a tight fit, and finally glued in place. It is a two handed grip; the foregrip is straight to give a strong gripping surface, while the waisted shape of the upper grip encourages the second hand to nestle into the inside curves of the pommel.

The mild steel pommel is also a counterweight for the blade. It is shaped somewhat like a fish tail, with curved and recessed faces to add interesting shapes, and also to remove weight and get the best possible balance for the sword overall. The pommel was set tight onto the tapering tang before the end was peened over.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Weta Ltd.

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Samurai Swords

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Swords of the East

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knowledgeistreasure:

The Sword of Goujian.

" Regarded as a state treasure, the Sword of Goujian was unearthed in September 1965 in Jiangling County, Hubei Province. The sword is as legendary to the Chinese people as King Arthur’s sword in the West. Having been buried for more than 2,000 years, upon discovery, the sword was very sharp and not rusty. What’s more, it contains some rhombic etchings and 11 concentric circles located only 0.2 millimeters apart at the tip of the handle. It seems almost impossible that such a marvel of supreme craftsmanship could have been constructed so long ago…." http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_curiosity/2004-06/23/content_47488.htm

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tumuseum:

Sword Carolingian type branded master - “Ulfberht”, IX - X centuries., Vikings, Western Europe.

Blade length - 100 cm,
Blade width - 6.5 cm

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art-of-swords:

Handmade Swords - Vendelmiekka

  • Maker & Copyright: Jarkko Niskanen (jarkko1)
  • Measurements: overall length of 90,5 cm; blade length 75,2 cm; weight 1358 g
  • Balance point: located 14 cm from the hilt

Even though swords like this are often called "vendel swords" named so after the vendel graves in Sweden, they were common in large areas of Europe. Many such swords are also found in Finland. In Behmer’s classification of migration period swords this one represents type 6.

The blade of the sword is pattern welded like it was common in migration period/early Viking age. The middle of the blade haves two pattern welded and twisted rods. Edges are layered from steels, with carbon content 0,6-0,8%. Crossguard and upperguard are riveted from brassplates, with blued iron plates between them. Iron is blued by heating it.

The tang of the blade is peened into the upperguard. The pommel, which covers the peening, is cast from brass. The grip and strap slide are made from walnut while the scabbard is made of pinewood with leather covering and woolen inside.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Jarkko Niskanen

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