my custom gladius (big pics)

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Post by Mos » Thu Jan 20, 2005 12:12 am

darksun_uk wrote:
a kami and a shinto (approx) and your there mate....

worth every penny........(and will hold its value)


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I can see why :D

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Post by Big Lazy » Thu Jan 20, 2005 1:18 am

Darksun my friend, you are officially 'The Man' :???: I so want my sword now

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Post by Andy S » Thu Jan 20, 2005 3:15 am

Makes personal note...

Find him...

Steal it...

Rejoice...

Absolutely beautiful, that is!!!

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Post by Logan » Thu Jan 20, 2005 8:55 am

DS that is beautiful. Must...not...envy...DS! :D

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Post by michael_collins_2000_ie » Thu Jan 20, 2005 11:28 am

DS im not really qualified to give my opinion on that so il just drool like a nut.

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Post by Satori » Thu Jan 20, 2005 3:07 pm

So it finally arrived? It really is an amazing piece, just spank me with it :>

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Post by HatchA » Thu Jan 20, 2005 3:33 pm

congratulations DS, well done on a beautiful sword.

You mentioned the damascus pattern was the smiths ( ;) winks knowingly) own choice/design. How much of the rest of the work had his input in designing/creating?

I have extended a first tentative step down this rocky road and am interested in how much you in particular, being as knowledgable and competant about swords as you are, have left open to the smiths own judgement.

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Post by NenMaster » Thu Jan 20, 2005 5:46 pm

very nice sword i wouldnt mind it in my little collection.

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Post by darksun_uk » Thu Jan 20, 2005 8:40 pm

HatchA wrote:congratulations DS, well done on a beautiful sword.

You mentioned the damascus pattern was the smiths ( ;) winks knowingly) own choice/design. How much of the rest of the work had his input in designing/creating?

I have extended a first tentative step down this rocky road and am interested in how much you in particular, being as knowledgable and competant about swords as you are, have left open to the smiths own judgement.
i had the original idea, the silver knotwork bands came about as a compromise solution to the issue of me wanting more silver on the guard and pommel and the fact that practically speaking that was not possible the placement of the third band (the middle one) was my idea as well as the antler grip and the shaping of the grip in an octagonal way to emulate a roman collum.

the decision to let the smith choose the pattern of the steel seemed the most sensible as he has the working knowledge to make the best pattern for the shape/style of the blade as least thats how i reasoned it anyway, i dont think i could have chosen a better pattern anyway so i thought it best to let the creativity of the smith dictate that aspect of the project...after all the historical remit of the sword as a whole restricted the smith in the overall shape and style of the blade....(pompei pattern).

if a smtih offers opinion on any design aspects you are of course free to ignore it, however certain limitations apply to the use of certain materiels so some things are not possible and the smith will say so and you have to either use one of the smiths alternative suggestions or redesign yourself to accept practical restrictions some things will be possible but will cost a fortune and desicisons like that are of course up to you to make after all its your money.....


i left the design of the scabbard soley to the smith to create with the only requirement that silver panels be used at the top, i think he did a super job on it personally.

thankyou all for the kind comments so far.

kind regards

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Post by maciek1230 » Thu Jan 20, 2005 8:59 pm

Wow.
Thats a fine blade.
Congrats mate.
One question thou,.. why gladius ?

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Post by darksun_uk » Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:44 pm

maciek1230 wrote: One question thou,.. why gladius ?
darksun_uk wrote: the fundametal reason for this swords exsistance is my desire to have my own version of excalibur made in this case the early dark age version of the arthur incarnations....

the late dark age version of the arthur myth would have either a celtic type sword or a gladius as the most likely version of excalibur and as the romano british war chief arthur would have had better access to high end roman influenced weapons this is the reason i settled on this design as my interpretation of the famous sword excalibur.


8)

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Post by Adurul » Thu Jan 20, 2005 10:27 pm

How many more times am i gonna have to say i hate you?

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Post by darksun_uk » Thu Jan 20, 2005 11:23 pm

Adurul wrote:How many more times am i gonna have to say i hate you?
probably once more this year 8)

but i will be revealing something soon that may well engender a lot of love in my direction......... 8) (H)

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Post by Blackbird » Thu Jan 20, 2005 11:44 pm

DS my lovely that is one stunning work of art you have there congrats, you have once again earned my eternal jelousy .

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Post by Anglachel » Sat Jan 22, 2005 8:16 pm

That is truly outstanding. :???:

What material is the hilt made out of?

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