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First forged sword project

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Ok I must admit I was a little slow to get the stock removal jabs, I had that coming. Now I am taking it as a challenge. Ill try to keep updated.

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What jabs? All blades are stock removal or they're not finished. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Ahh, I really felt kinda guilty grinding a sword from 1/4" bar stock so this is a personal challange. I figure hammering in the bevels along with a fuller will be quite a challenge. And this go around I will have a much better grasp on the heat treating process for a sword.

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Ah, the only reason to feel guilty is if you misrepresent your work. Practicing new or different skills is a joy and life without challenge is just processing food and air. Why bother? "Dum Vivimus Vivamus!" "While I live let me LIVE!"

Enjoy the ride.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Actually it's the distal taper that is usually skimped on in 100% stock removal---either grinding or milling!

And Frosty  I'll see your "Glory Road" and raise you "RATS"!  Paw Paw Wilson was a big RAH fan---why I wear an Aloha shirt with Lederhosen Fridays, weather permitting, at Quad State 

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40 minutes ago, ThomasPowers said:

 I wear an Aloha shirt with Lederhosen Fridays, weather permitting, at Quad State 

makes ya easier to find that way

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There are always the hats. 

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TANSTAAFL

On 4/13/2019 at 6:47 PM, JHCC said:

There are always the hats.

I'm thinking a hat with a birch limb and toe tag marked rejected.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Hey I get regular offers for my hat at the fleamarkets and in public...I think the most fun was a fellow who had been imbibing a bit and wanted to fight me for it---I told him I would arm wrestle him---and by the way I'd been smithing for over 32 years...  He decided that Digression was the bitter phart of Velour...

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Sounds like fuzzy logic.

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Sheek thinker for sure.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Ok, this turned into a semi forged project. I have a form with a blade length of 30", 39" oal. Distal taper ground in with no bevels. I still need to forge in the fuller, but am wondering if I should go thinner as previously suggested. My question is there any advantage to going thinner vs thicker other than weight. I always thought midevil weapons would have been heavy for true battle weapons. 

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Well for around 1000 years the weight of a typical battle sword was around 2.5 pounds.  I've had folks tell me they were up to 40 pounds; I guess they have never tried to swing one at that weight!  A lot of replicas are way too heavy because people "thought" rather than researched. Alec Steele has a youtube video where he is examining museum pieces and gushing about how LIGHT they were---what I've been saying for decades...

Pretty much the same thing with medieval/renaissance armour; people tell me that it was so heavy they had to use cranes to get on a horse; funny it was about 40+ pounds lighter than a friend of mine in Special Forces, Nam, was expected to carry on foot and fight with...

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