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PostPosted: 05 Dec 2007 01:07
by Fab
Simple sheath with horizontal carry and would be 30 euros, and I can't ask less than 90 for the push dagger. S&H is about 12 euros normally.

I'd need more details for the sheath. Do you want something like that (including the secure strap) :
but with a verical strap (ie for horizontal carry) ?
Or any other shape, form, design - even a raw sketch might do.
Also, the width of the belt attachment and all...

PostPosted: 05 Dec 2007 01:37
by J Marwood

I want something I can easily just grab and pull to draw. Is that possible with leather?

I'm envisaging the knife being carried on my belt, to the left f the buckle with the grip to the right, for easy access in a FUT

PostPosted: 05 Dec 2007 02:06
by Fab
J Marwood wrote:Hmmm

I want something I can easily just grab and pull to draw. Is that possible with leather?

I'm envisaging the knife being carried on my belt, to the left f the buckle with the grip to the right, for easy access in a FUT

I could have figured that out by myself :roll: ;)

Yep, that's feasible. Actually, the leather will be quite tightly fit around the blade, though the risk is that it loosens up with time, hence the idea of kind of securing the blade.

Here's what I'm thinking of at the moment :
There'll be enough room for you to thrust your fingers around the handle. A sharp pull should be enough to unsheath the dagger. The leather will be hardened to shape anyways, so will normally keep the dagger from incidentally falling - if the pointy end proves to be too long or to offer too much resistance, try to put some oil on it. Or just cut it off. :)

Thoughts ?

PostPosted: 06 Dec 2007 02:58
by J Marwood
Sounds like a plan.

I am having more email woes at the moment but I should have that sorted by the weekend, I'l drop you a line rgarding payments and the like then.

PostPosted: 24 Dec 2007 01:17
by Fab
Scabbards/sheaths :



PostPosted: 24 Dec 2007 02:42
by Monster Zero
Oooh Nice!

PostPosted: 24 Dec 2007 13:56
by J Marwood
Looks lovely!

@Fab - mail me your paypal details and I'll send you the cash.

PostPosted: 24 Dec 2007 14:22
by the_last_alive

PostPosted: 25 Dec 2007 14:07
by Patrick Williams
Lovely work indeed. I'm still waiting ... patiently. It's now officially after Christmas.

PostPosted: 30 Dec 2007 03:48
by Fab
Patrick Williams wrote:Lovely work indeed. I'm still waiting ... patiently. It's now officially after Christmas.

Your patience will be rewarded.

PostPosted: 08 Jan 2008 14:15
by Fab
These two :
...are sold, and no longer under my keep.

PostPosted: 08 Jan 2008 14:56
by Patrick Williams
Oh, man ... those are so beautiful!

PostPosted: 26 Jan 2008 03:42
by Fab
I know, now !

The "unknown" steel I used for some of the knives above (including the two daggers up there) is no longer unknown. I's 51S7 steel (AFNOR designation - 55S7 under DIN, AISI 9255).


PostPosted: 20 Aug 2008 01:34
by Fab
Ok, been a long time since I last updated this thread, so :

Know that several of the 'comissionned' work has been heat-treated, including :
- a basilard
- a bowie knife
- a stilettu
- a push dagger

and are in varied states of near-completion.

I also have other works in a smiliar state, so... this space.

In the meantime, why not having a look at works by me that are not available because won at the Dijon HEMAC event raffle ? :

Now under the keep of good Mr Bennett. Mid-late XVth century, nut wood handle with mild steel guards (nailed on, not glued), 1075 full-quenched blade, tempered to light brown.
Hand-carved veg tanned leather scabbard, natural coloring (no modern dyes), inscriptions read as "dTdE/dij├Á/HEMAC/MMVIII". Scabbard end of mild steel sheet, flame soft-soldered.
Commemorative dagger offered as a prize for the (now) traditional Saturday night Raffle of the VIIth International Historical Martial Arts Gathering in Dijon - now you get a clue about what the inscription ?
Only unhistorical part is the lower guard, made of one single steel sheet, rather than two '(' shaped langets forge-welded at their ends to leave a diamond-shaped opening for the blade shoulders to fit in (bows head in shame).

(picture courtesy of Mr. Huber, its current owner - I hope others, better quality pics will follow).
Inspired by several period 16th century warhammers, and made with the good help of my fellow De Taille et d'Estoc members. Mostly mild steel, waxed linen thread wrapped around the wood handle, with brass nails. Hand-made filework on shaft, head, guard and pommel (though not much visible on that picture).

Remember : watch this space.

PostPosted: 20 Aug 2008 10:52
by admin
A baselard?..

PostPosted: 20 Aug 2008 15:27
by Monster Zero
Very Nice Fab!

PostPosted: 20 Aug 2008 15:33
by Corporal Carrot
That warhammer looks freakin gorgeous, mate. :shock:

PostPosted: 21 Aug 2008 03:50
by Fab
Thanks Chaps.

PostPosted: 07 Oct 2008 04:40
by Fab
More stuff, all for sale.

Help me fund my PhD. This is normally my last year as a student - student of arms and armour, mind you, doing a PhD in mediaeval archaeology on what this forum is all about.
But in order to do that, I need to pay my student fee again this year. And times are tough - for everyone, I know. But for me also.

So, I hope you'll like these little things - they've been 'almsot ready' for a while, but I just managed to finish them very recently :

First, a friction folder. My current EDC actually, as the thing is sturdy and sharpy (and I like to test my products a bit) :

Old file, diff quench - this time I tried heating the blade on the side, not from the edge up. And as you see, it gave a nice result on the right side - the side that wasn't heated. Tempered to yellow, the blade is 3 mm thick. Oak handle.
Overall length 141/210 mm (folded/unfoled)

I'm asking 90 euros for this one (without S&H). For a few euros more, I can make a sheath not too unlike the ones I made before.

A push dagger - but maybe more than just this :
55S7 (spring steel), diff HT.
See the strange, ectoplasmic shape on one side, that turns into an almost, almost humanoid, ghostly figure on the other ? Its...arm ? raised. As a warning ? Or a threat ? Can you hear its wail, past the curtain of the endless, plutonian eons of the night ?

Oak handle, 119x66 mm overall, with a 6 mm thick blade. The thing isn't meant for cutting - yet it does cut, trust me.

I'm asking about a hundred euros for this one. Again, I can make a nice scabbard for it, for a few more euros, that'd suit the fancy of the soon-to-be-happy customer.

And finally, this :

A horseman's hammer - redux.

Even better historically speaking than the previous one, for this time, the point of the beak is hard steel (1075), forge-welded (with hammer and anvil, and nasty swear words let me tell you) in a V-cut that I made in the head, as I so often documented on suchlike period hammers.


Inspired by several museum pieces, and other things available from specialised antique dealers. Hand-crafted in the style of the mid-to-late XVIth century.

Mild steel mostly (except what I mention above), grip is covered with steel and brass wire over a wooden core. Hand-fileworked, full tang construction.

The belt clip is also quite historical - in a way that wasn't really planned. For it got damaged when I tried using power tools to give the thing a final shine, and I had to repair it - exactly the same way it would have been repaired then (no more power tools ! bad tools ! bad! ). So on one hand it is slightly damaged, but on the other hand it adds to its value and history.

Detailed view of the grip - wire-wrap and turk's heads :

Detailed views of the head, showing the peened rivets and clip, plus the filework. :

You can see on the latter pic a dark spot near the point - this shows the weld, where the hard steel wedge is inserted in the mild steel head.

This point is pointy. I mean, really really damn pointy. And sharp.

Dimensions :
OAL 526 mm, head 147 mm on 19mm thick, shaft 12 mm thick, roundels about 45 mm, grip length 108 mm. 851 g total weight.

The thing will be delivered in a nice wooden box. I can leave it in this 'as new' polish, or 'antique' it a bit, for a few more euros.

Following the advice of a good Swedish swordsmith friend of mine, I'm asking 800 euros for this one - including the box (but without S&H).

PM me, or better : email me.

PostPosted: 07 Oct 2008 06:58
by Monster Zero
Beautiful Work Fab!