handmade-swords

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Handmade Swords - Master Sword from Zelda

  • Maker & Copyright: Brendan Olszowy
  • Measurements: Overall Length: 1052mm (41.41”). Blade length: 811mm (31.93”). Grip Length: - grippable area 207mm ( 8.15”). Blade Width: Waist 35mm > Flare 52mm > End of Fuller 31mm. Point of Balance: 83mm (3.26”) from blade shoulder. Centre of Percussion: 515mm (20.2”) from shoulder. Hilt node of percussion: is 52mm (2.05”) back from top of the diamond. A fraction forward of the centre of the fore grip. Weight: 1490g 3lb 4.5oz 
  • Medium: Blade: 9260 High Carbon Steel. Grip/Scabbard: Poplar core with Veg Tanned Leather wrap/ straps. Hilt Furniture: Bronze by Jeffrey J Robinson
  • Inscriptions: “Sword of the hero of legend” and “Edge that is the bane of evil”

Source: Copyright © 2014 Fable Blades

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Order a sword built specifically for you. From initial design of concept through the fire and final handle assembly watch your sword come to life. Scabbard included with purchase and will vary on materials and decoration. I will start with a concept illustration based off of requested time period and other considerations. Then I will make a schematic and start the build. I blog my progress as I go so you can follow along with me. Timeline says 9-10 weeks but it can take longer depending on what is decided on.
*note: swords displayed are my creations, however items pictured are from previous builds and are not for sale.

Also, I just released some new pricing options for various lengths. Give it a look.


*Must be 18 years of age or older to purchase.

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Handmade Swords - Telpënár - the Silver Fire

  • Maker: David DelaGardelle of Cedarlore Forge
  • OAL: 40”
  • Blade Length: 30”
  • Blade Width: 1 and 3/4”
  • Balance Point: Exactly 2” from Guard
  • Steel: 1075 L6
  • Grip and Scabbard wood: Ebonized Walnut
  • Guard Pommel and Scabbard Chape: Antiqued & Carved Steel
  • Grip Rings and Scabbard Bridge/Bead: Cast Silver

Telpënár, literal meaning “Silver Fire” in Tolkien’s “Quenya” language, is a High-Elven leaf-bladed longsword crafted by David DelaGardelle. He forged and ground the blade out of a piece of “feather”  pattern-welded steel that came from my friends at HHH Knives, who are talented smiths who produce near mythic-looking “damascus” patterns in steel.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Cedarlore Forge

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Handmade Swords - Earil

  • By Peter Lyon of Weta Workshop
  • Edition Size: 1
  • Measurements: Blade length: 915mm (36”). Overall length: 1217mm (48”). Weight: 1.94Kg (4 pounds 4 ounces). Balance point: 71mm (2.8”) along blade, measured from the shoulder of the blade

The sword has been made especially for the Weta Cave and Weta’s Online Shop to sell to the public. It is similar to late medieval European longswords, but with design flourishes transform it into a piece of art as well. A longsword is light enough and balanced to be used with one hand, but it can also be used two handed for powerful cutting blows. The blade is broad for much of its length, making for strong cuts, but comes to an acute point for effective thrusts, making this a true cut-and-thrust sword.

The individual parts have shapes and detail lines that blend into each other and continue into the next component, so that shapes continue even as the materials change, and the shapes of all the hilt parts draw the eye towards the diamond shaped bosses in the centre of the grip, filled with polished Paua (New Zealand abalone) shell each side. At the same time there is a strong central line through the hilt and along the blade, emphasising the straight and symmetrical shapes of the sword.

This sword has many nautical features which led me to the name, “Aearil”, which in Elvish means “Gleaming Ocean”. 

The straight blade is ground from spring steel bar, and has been heat treated to give the best possible combination of toughness and edge hardness. Historically blades were forged into shape and to remove flaws in the steel, but the consistency and high specifications of modern steels mean this is no longer necessary.

The bevelled edge is blunted for safety and display, but could just as easily be sharpened for cutting tests. The tang of the blade is strong and wide, and passes through the cross guard, grip and pommel, and is peened over the end of the pommel for maximum strength.

The cross guard is cut from a block of mild steel. From the centre block it projects along the blade and towards the ends, which are split into a fork. This is an unusual feature which I don’t recall being used on a sword before. The cross is set onto the shoulders of the blade for extra strength and stability, as was done on medieval European swords to prevent the cross becoming loose and rattling through use.

The grip is made of beech wood, covered with leather. Thin cords under the leather create the designs, and the leather has been carefully tooled to fit into all the shapes created by the cords. The grip was mostly drilled out then fitted by heating the tang and burning out the remaining wood for a tight fit, and finally glued in place. It is a two handed grip; the foregrip is straight to give a strong gripping surface, while the waisted shape of the upper grip encourages the second hand to nestle into the inside curves of the pommel.

The mild steel pommel is also a counterweight for the blade. It is shaped somewhat like a fish tail, with curved and recessed faces to add interesting shapes, and also to remove weight and get the best possible balance for the sword overall. The pommel was set tight onto the tapering tang before the end was peened over.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Weta Ltd.

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Handmade Swords - Vendelmiekka

  • Maker & Copyright: Jarkko Niskanen (jarkko1)
  • Measurements: overall length of 90,5 cm; blade length 75,2 cm; weight 1358 g
  • Balance point: located 14 cm from the hilt

Even though swords like this are often called "vendel swords" named so after the vendel graves in Sweden, they were common in large areas of Europe. Many such swords are also found in Finland. In Behmer’s classification of migration period swords this one represents type 6.

The blade of the sword is pattern welded like it was common in migration period/early Viking age. The middle of the blade haves two pattern welded and twisted rods. Edges are layered from steels, with carbon content 0,6-0,8%. Crossguard and upperguard are riveted from brassplates, with blued iron plates between them. Iron is blued by heating it.

The tang of the blade is peened into the upperguard. The pommel, which covers the peening, is cast from brass. The grip and strap slide are made from walnut while the scabbard is made of pinewood with leather covering and woolen inside.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Jarkko Niskanen

These are my collective sewing results for the past two or so weeks.

Many hours sat at the machine. Much pattern designing, cutting, cursing and creating!

All my pillows are for sale and are available on commission. Prices vary, please ask me for further details!

(Oh and for the record. That background there is my bedroom wall. It’s a waterfall mural with hidden Pokemon in it that I painted when I had left high school. I was 15 at the time and it took me about two weeks to paint!)

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Handmade Swords - The Machaera

  • Maker:  Peter Lyon of Weta Workshop
  • Blade length: 650mm (26”)
  • Overall length: 775mm (33”)
  • Weight: 1.425Kg (2 lbs 4 oz)
  • Balance point: 61mm (2.5”) along the blade

Weta’s swordsmith Peter Lyon has made this “one-of-a-kind” sword exclusively for Weta’s customers. The Machaera has sprung from a unique blend of influences. Peter wanted to create a sword that was the polar opposite of the Longsword.

The result is “a dynamic piece with intricate detail and sweeping curves”. It is partly inspired by an ancient Greek sword called the Machaera (Makhaira), the forerunner of the modern Kukhri, but with unusual features not found in historical swords.

Source: Copyright 2014 © Weta Workshop