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PostSubject: Long Knives   June 16th 2016, 11:02 am

I have always fancied swords....but never set up to actually make them from a piece of blank steel. However I discovered cheap India swords can be altered to make mo better ones.

First one is a 18th century British hanger, I and my friend Lloyd Moler made into a hunting sword. Here's the before photo:

After.......most work was filing and sanding brass clam shell. Lloyd polished the shell, brazed to the hilt and elk antler. He also aged the blade.


Second is Artillery saber with an etched blade, that I had a friend artisan, replace the wire wrapped leather grip with bone and the pommel with a brass eagle head from a India knife.....to replicate a "Federal/1812" officer's sword. First the India saber:

After:

The last one is still a work in progress. I bought the antler handle and the hand forged guard from another board. Then bought from Ebay a 1860 cadet saber...pulled the blade off and married the pieces into another hunting saber.

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PostSubject: Re: Long Knives   June 16th 2016, 11:36 am

Those are interesting. I love the antler. 

I suggest only using VERY high quality and specialized grade 
steel for any sword. I have owned a few. Inevitably, some one 
starts clanging them together. 

Only the ones made for actual heavy use are safe. 
These blades are theatrical grade and quite expensive. 
You should look for theatre and stunt suppliers. Oddly, 
only the ones made for stage use are actually up to 'real' 
use. These are always blunt and should stay that way. 

These still should be respected. They won't stand abuse 
and these will still knock you cold or take out an eye if 
disrespected. Seen it happen. Heavier blades like broadswords 
will break bone.

Poor steel breaks easily and is a real hazard for that alone. They also 
'fish hook' nick along the blade when they don't break. I have seen people 
hooked and sliced open when this happens as it is almost unnoticeable 
until it happens. 

Many India blades come with a two part tang that is inherently weak near 
the grip. You always want a one piece.

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PostSubject: Re: Long Knives   June 16th 2016, 1:48 pm

"These are always blunt and should stay that way."   

Oh man, having a dull sword is like having a demilled Thompson model 21 or BAR. What fun would that be?

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PostSubject: Re: Long Knives   June 16th 2016, 9:23 pm

All my guns and knives are functional......swords are more for show....although I had thought about putting a sharp edge on my hunting sword.Laughing............case I hunt any "dangerous" game!
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PostSubject: Re: Long Knives   June 17th 2016, 7:58 am

lighthorseman,

Perhaps the next planned hunt in the treestand OVER bear bait you will leave the .62 at home and only have that sword in hand when bailing out to fill a tag? Would that be called "dangerous?

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PostSubject: Re: Long Knives   June 17th 2016, 10:28 am

I've seen videos of crazy guys killing hogs with spears but never with a sword.
Matadors kill mean fighting bulls with a sword so ......  Suspect

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