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  1. Hello everyone. After a long period of inactivity i wanted to share a presentation video with photos of knives that i made in the past. Hope you all like it. Hope to start a new blade project soon and share it with everyone. Cheers. https://youtu.be/sGYz-AtBovQ
  2. Hello again folks. Some more progress on the file grinding and sand paper. all done in hand. Also the handle and guard testing the fitting. I am at the stage that i need to do the hardening and tempering of the blade and dont know how to accomplish it. I dont have an oven so big (that many swordmakers use) and my homemade charcoal forge is small for this proccess. Any ideas?? here's the pics. Hope you like it so far.
  3. ok got it. So it's not about the weight of the every individual part but mostly how they are placed together for the final outcome. Ok thanx a lot Thomas really helpfull tips. I'll keep in mind the tip you gave above also for the chopping swords , since it is the style i wish to make. Thanks a lot.
  4. Yes good point and notice taken. But the pommel is not that sharp edged. The metal part is 8mm thick and the edges are rounded and they will be fully rounded at the end.Still, if it dont turns out as i wish it, i can always make a new pommel :) Any comment-tip-advice on the question i made above for the weights?
  5. Thanks all of you guys for the comments. Really glad you liked them :)
  6. Thomas it turns out the blade is going lower on the weight as i grinding it. it was at 800gramms when finished forging but with all the grinding and corrections here and there the weight is at 660gramms atm. The handle parts all together atm are at 700gramms ( bit heavy), but i have a lot of grinding and material removal for the final shape yet. So i guess it will be around 400-500gramms for handle and about 600-650 for the blade. Are these weights acceptable or the balance will be off? Benton and Basher thnx for the guard. The pic above is the guard at the early stage, the rough shape. Atm i have grinded it a bit more and gave it a better shape . I also drilled (not punched, since i am not that good yet ) on a friends drill mill the guard and the handle and made some addittions with bronze pieces on a lathe. I post some more pics on the W.I.P. of the handle and how it will look on the blade. The handle pieces all together. the markings at the bronze shows the part that will be removed to give the final conical shape of the bronze part. How the sword will look like at the end. (short off i hope it turns out as i imagine it ) lol. And the handle on the sword again. Hope you all like. all comments welcome.
  7. Thank you Mitch. Thomas the weight of the blade atm is around 0,8kg. Total weight with handle guard and pommel i estimate it around 1.1kg. Distal taper it has yes. start at 4,4mm at guard and slowly tappers down at the point. the balance point atm when i place all the handle materials on the tang is about 10-12cm from guard. total blade length is 70cm. (keep in mind its my 1st sword forging attempt :) )
  8. Hello guys. After a lot of reading and chating and advices and some knife forging attempts i finally started my longsword forging attempt from a leaf spring part. The attempt started about 2 years ago. i got a piece of a leaf spring and cut a piece of 60cm long 8mm thick and 4cm wide. Then i started the drawing out proccess wich took me a lot of time banging on the rail anvil with a pin hammer. Finally it ended up about the size i wanted to reach and it looked like that. So after some corrections and forging the bevels and some more corrections i finally grind it to clean out the surface from slags and hammer blows etc. And it looked like that. Then i made a guard from a metal piece and tried to see how it will look. So it looks like this. :) Any comments appreciated. So far i am still trying to rough grind correctly. Since i dont own a belt grinder i use files and try to grind to the desired sharp point on all bevels and the proccess is slow. also i did drilled the guard and the handle, made out of oak wood and doing the pommel. More pics will come soon. As for the quenching and tempering ....... well i dunno if will do it at all. i am afraid of it :) We will come to that later i guess :) cheers all.
  9. Hello all. Been a while since last posted a complete attempt. Well this year i finished 2 more knifes so i thought i should share with ya all and hear what you have to comment on them :) 1st is a leaf spring fully forged knife. 14cm blade 27 cm total length. handle is olive tree wood and bronze bolster. The sheeth is hand made with leather and bronze leaf decoration. 2nd knife is made out of an HSS metal shaw blade . 8cm blade 20 cm total. The scabbard and the handle are from walnut tree wood. This is a decorative knife mostly. it cuts but not for great use. The mosaic pin is my own creation :) The designs pn the blade were done with the electro etch method. Hope you like them. Waiting to hear your comments on those 2.
  10. Private, i really dont know and cant understand why he wants this design in total. not only in the grip. I explained lots of times that this may be an obstacle while he is using it be he says it feels ok at his hand. So, if he wants it like this i can say no more :) Thomas i appreciate that you answered, even if it was with a bit of sarcasm. :) Soon, i'll post the completed blade photos. Thanks all for the comments.
  11. Hello again everyone. After a small break from crafting i started working on this knife that a friend ordered to me according to his desires and design. The knife is being made with stock removal method since no fire and anvil could be used with the cold weather at the yard. The blade is made from leaf spring and is 21cm long. The handle is 12cm long. the wood for the handle is oak. the pins and bolster are bronze. Hope you like it so far. here's the blade and handle at the grinding phase to make the bevels etc. the marker lines shows how the bevel grinding will go. here's the mosaic pins to look like rhombus (diamond) shape after glued in place. Making some file work on the spine of the handle . and some more file work on the wood plates of the handle. More work coming soon. Hope you all like it.any comments welcome.
  12. Thanks Rich. You really helped me a lot to reach at this level. Thanks.
  13. Hello again. I've made myself a sheath for the knife. The leather is from an old revovler sheath.. The pattern was scratched with a razor blade (dont have that machine that burns the leather, dont know how it's called in english) .I also scratched my logo that i will use from now at my projects. It's the L and G letters in Greek that stands for my name. Hope you all like it. Cheers and thanks for watching and commenting..
  14. Thanks for the comments guys. Cotton yeah it fits perfect. The handle was design for my hand size :) . I tried your pattern for the etching unit today on a scrap and it came out perfect. So i will sure use it on the next project. Metal there are no tempering colors. I sand it untill 2000 grit wetpaper by hand. Those brown colors are probably from the camera flash.
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