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My first sword

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Hello everyone,
Thought I would share photos of my first sword.

It is far from perfect but it taught me a lot of thing and pointed out a lot of my weaknesses.

Some stats on the sword:
*I use a propane/firebrick forge
*the steel is car leaf spring steel
*the handle is mahogany
*the guard is a dragon from a single piece of steel
*the blade was quenched in motor oil, tempered over a charcoal fire, and a torch was applied along the spine

let me try one photo first, then more afterwards:

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there is a fullered groove along the spine. I attempted in the forge but could not make it work so ended up grinding it out. The design is loosely based on Jody Samson's double grind sword.

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How much does it weigh? Where does it balance? Have you thought of checkering the grip to make it less likely to slide out of your hands if it were to get sweaty?

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it appears to weigh around 2.9 pounds. It is probably too heavy on the front end. The tip feels like it wants drop when you hold it. It feels like it would do some great cutting but would not be a great sword to carry around for a long time. The handle is thin and probably too smooth. I had a design in mind for the handle but it didn't work out.

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The guard is a great conceit (old time usage of the word!) Falchions tended toward blade heavy as they were a chopping blade not a point play blade---think about carving the handle into dragon scales or use same to cover it...

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That is very nice for a first attempt,I don't know if I would a try a sword,though I have been forging for a few yrs.I have made a few knives, and a sword is just a long knife, right? Nope more to it than that, anyhow great job!

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im new and i think you did a great job for the first time , I hope i could make one just as good as yours the first time around , when i try to make one

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