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​It's called a BIB. The straps can be adjusted so the BIB will sit on your lower lip. They come in very soft fabric, so not to cause a rash.

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Amazing work! Figured I'd throw my first few swords into the mix and see if anyone has any pointers. I've got a long ways to go. 

I've only made these 3 in total and I need to make about 50 more before I can hold my own against you folks. The solid iron sword was my first, the longsword second, and the gladius the third I made. 

These are just iron wall hangers, but i learned so much making these, like how hard it is gonna be to harden and temper a longsword!

Does anyone have a good set up for forging the blades and fullers efficiently? Maybe a custom fuller design or an angled block to forge the edges? I don't have a belt grinder so I like to forge as close to finished as possible. 


Gladius UPLOAD.jpg

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Look at the spring fuller in the "bayonet handle needs blade" tread, he used a more or les standard sring fuller, welded on fulleing jawa 90 degrees to the normal set up and instaled a stop. One can also grind a file to profile as a scraper to clean it up before sanding with wet and dry wraped around a dowl ( tho it works better if you acualy profile a block so its easer to hold) dont wory about holow grinding the edges, saber or axe grinds are far stronge, and seriously, they didnt have belt grinders back then. If its a style that requres it, then run two or three fullerd groves and forge in the rough edges, again gring a file to the needed proile and scrape of the high spots, make a profiled sanding block and procede. PITA but historic. A lot easer with thrawls and indencherd servants tho 

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I like that Gladius, looks great.  Is that a hole at the tip of the blade?  Or just a black mark?


​Thanks! I had a bar that was maybe 3/4" wide and 1/4" thick, with a hole at one end to start with. I figured I'd forge it out or cut that end off but the way i forged it made a perfect teardrop shaped hole. It was just a happy accident!

Good points all around Charles, I'll definitely give those methods a shot. A stop on the fullering tool would help immensely, that's been the problem is keeping the fuller centered. I always seem to underestimate how much a block of wood and some sandpaper can do. Thank you.

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With double edges you have to flip the blade or turn it 180. Or you still get thangs off center if you edges arnt perfectly parellel ot your tang is off center. 

My recomendation would be one pass, then role the blade over and make a second pass, turn the blade 180 (swap end for end with out rolling) make a third pass the. Roll the blade over again and make a forth pass. Repeat as necisary to rough in the fuller. With practus you should be able to free hand it, and just roll the blade for each pass. 

Whet and dry has some advantages over the stones used by our for fathers

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Good day.

Despite the lockdown setbacks last year, here are some of the sword related items completed at the end of last year and January.  The cavalry sabre was an experiment involving the making of a sword with the shape based on the British 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre, but with the blade length and weight of the heavy cavalry pattern of the same year.
The dragonfly katana features an En9 blade with the usual utsuri and sporadic tobeyaki.

Keep well.









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