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Re: Pics: Battle blades to short swords...

Postby Red Star » Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:43 am

Bob wrote:What is the purpose of the curled part that looks kind of like a coat hook?


I missed one, sorry! Those are bayonet catches, Bob.
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Re: Pics: Battle blades to short swords...

Postby Mrknot » Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:56 pm

A few more short swords
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This one is a broadsword dad and I made together when I was about 12 yrs old.
The blade is about 24", the guard and pommel are bronze, the handle is bloodwood, and the scabbard is oak.

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This is my first attempt at sword making when I was about 13 or so, (with lots of help from daddy-o).
A gladius, 18" blade, brass fittings, leather scabbard, and bloodwood handle.

Both of these blades were ground from leaf spring steel. We had no way of heating the steel so they are not tempered beyond what the steel was as a spring :-)

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This last one dad made out of some old machete/chopping blade.
14", brass fittings, leather sheath.
This one is a beast!
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Re: Pics: Battle blades to short swords...

Postby Red Star » Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:06 am

Y'all made those yourselves???

Damn brother, you're hired! Being able to make blades of that size like that is an appreciable asset! I think I need to find you when things go south! ;)
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Re: Pics: Battle blades to short swords...

Postby Bob » Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:27 am

How did you straighten the springs?
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Re: Pics: Battle blades to short swords...

Postby Eddiethehead » Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:27 am

I've thought of making a machete or short sword out of a law mover blade. Won't need to worry about heat treating and I would know that it can stand up to a lot of abuse.
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Re: Pics: Battle blades to short swords...

Postby Mrknot » Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:57 am

Bob wrote:How did you straighten the springs?

We bought brand new spring stock from a local manufacturer. It was not bent.
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Re: Pics: Battle blades to short swords...

Postby redeyes » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:21 am

Red Star wrote:So, next up is a pair of Katars:



I think weapons like these are neat. Sometimes people look at certain weapons and think "That is stupid" or "This other weapon would be better". I admit I used to do that as well. More research has shown me that there were almost always good reasons for the development of strange looking weapons. Those ancient warriors and weapons designers were very smart and creative.
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Re: Pics: Battle blades to short swords...

Postby ConSeannery » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:20 am

Anyone know anything about the kopis? I love the look of them, and they seem to combine the best of a kukri and a true machete to me.
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Re: Pics: Battle blades to short swords...

Postby Red Star » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:42 am

A Greek single edged blade, very similar to the Celt-Iberian Falcata. The Kukri is similar but much shorter than them though and has a more pronounced bend forward to the blade. While all three seem similar they were not related and had indigenous origins from their homelands. The Kopis was one of a few different Greek swords. They also had a double edged sword that was suitable for thrusting as well as the Spartan Lacona and another one or two I think. The Greeks also discovered that the Kopis lent itself better to cavalry use as well. Nice blade, haven't seen one in person yet or any reproductions to mention of.
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Re: Pics: Battle blades to short swords...

Postby Red Star » Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:07 am

Bought this from my friend's UPS guy a while back:

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It is a bayonet for an 1898 Mauser Gewehr 98, about 100 years old. It has some pretty unique markings that indicate it may have been subcontracted for the German army during WWI. It is in great shape but I wish I had access to a sandblaster these days to clean it up nice and purty. Good steel with only tarnishing, scabbard isn't bad at all either.

Too bad he couldn't find the frog for it, never had one to go with any of my bayonets. :(
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