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

Do It Yourself: Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

Whether it’s the winter time, spring, summer, or fall, anyone can always get chapped lips all year around. I know at times it can get difficult especially when you try so many lip balms, lipsticks, or other remedies but they don’t seem to work. 

In the past, I have always faced a problem with chapped lips especially during the winter season when it gets very windy and even my go to lip balm doesn’t cut it. 

However, whether it’s for helping mend my chapped lips or even just wanting to get a deep scrub treatment, lip scrubs are the way to go. 

Of course, even though there are lip scrubs in the market, they can either be hard or even a little too expensive to purchase on a budget. With that being said, here is a simple D.I.Y. that not only is easy and cheap but great to help take care of your precious lippies. 


2 Teaspoons of Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon of either Almond, Jojoba, Coconut, or Olive Oil (Which ever you prefer)

½ Teaspoon of Honey or Agave Nectar (Which ever you would like to use or prefer)

¼ Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract 


1. First add the brown sugar to the bowl and the oil of your choice together.

2. Slowly add honey and oil to the mix

3. Add the vanilla extract and combine all the ingredients together.

4. Scoop all the mixture and place it in a small container to store and preserve the lip scrub.

Then ta da!

This lip scrub is so easy to make and fix up all with the uses of the items you can find right at home. It’s not only fun to make up great to help exfoliate those lips and make them smooth and nice to prevent chapped lips.

#Bosnia #Balkans #Sword

Bosnian Sword

The double-edged blade with central ridge and slightly curved tip, the silver hilt with repoussé decoration of cresent moon and star motifs with palmettes, curved quillons and pommel with stylised animal head, the tip of pommel with inset coral bead, the associated sheath with pierced floral decoration with punched texture on gilt ground, rounded engraved chape, reverse with engraved scrolling floral decoration with applied silver belt fitting
29½in. (74.8cm.)

A very similar sword is in the Furusiyya Art Foundation Collection (Bashir Mohamed, The Arts of the Muslim Knight, Milan, 2007, no.42, p.78). The blade here is of typical form, completely straight and symmetrical save for the very small curved section taken out at the tip. The makara head terminals are also typical. The workmanship on the sheath is very comparable to that produced in Istanbul. This is not surprising since there was a very strong tradition of silversmithing in Bosnia linked to the Ottoman capital in Istanbul; many of the silversmiths in 16th century Istanbul were of Bosnian origin (Marian Wenzel, ‘Early Ottoman Silver and Iznik Pottery Design’, Apollo, September 1989, p.160).

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Spanish or Italian Arming Sword

Editor’s Note: Text below provided as translated by Google Translate from the original German text.

Lot Nr. 88

Circa 1530-50. With heavy double-edged blade of flattened hexagonal section coming to a short point (associated), formed with a ricasso and cut with a group of small marks capping a pair of narrow fullers on both sides at the forte, iron proto-rapier hilt formed of a pair of quillons with horizontally recurved fishtail terminals cut with a prominent ridge over their respective outer sides, a pair of faceted arms carrying at their head an inverted U-shaped bar ridged en suite with the quillon terminals (broken at one joint), globular pommel with medial ridge and flattened centres, the outer face deeply incised with a stylised shell, later moulded wire-bound grip, and in wooden scabbard, with shaped throat, covered in modern green velvet, fitted with iron chape, and with modern leather belt. Blade 94.7 cm. Overall length 107 cm. The hilt is a variation of the Type 16 discussed in A.V.B. Norman, The Rapier and Small-Sword 1460-1820, London 1980, pp. 80-82. A sword with a very closely comparable hilt is alternatively given a Spanish late 15th century attribution by Oakeshott. See OAKESHOTT, R. Ewart, The Sword in the Age of Chivalry, New York 1965, pl. 38, Type XVIIIc. The same sword is re-appraised by the author in Records of the Medieval Sword, Woodbridge 1998, p.243

Condition: II Limit: 6000 EURO

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Vocabulaire français

chape (nf) - tread (of a tire)

net (adj) - clear, distinct

épais (adj) - thick

superficie (nf) - area, surface area

nocif (adj) - harmful, noxious

préconiser (v) - to advise, recommend

estomper (v) - to shade, dim

obscurcir (v) - to obscure, darken

usine (nf) - factory

agglomération (nf) - urban area

dissiper (v) - to disperse, clear

censé (adj) - supposed, meant

balayer (v) - to sweep

laxisme (nm) - permissiveness, laxity

charbon (nm) - coal, charcoal