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Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 15 May 2013 05:45
by Mearcstapa
Just discovered this:

http://www.corsairs-wares.com/martial-arts/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=106_90_91_95&products_id=1808

A steel ball pommel for the Rawlings nylon basket-hilt to address the balance issue. £10.

Re: Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 15 May 2013 15:45
by KeithFarrell
I never use my synthetic broadsword without one of these :) they improve the handling immensely!

Re: Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 00:02
by Paul B
Just a thought,
I know a few chaps who can machine metal bits for not a lot of money. A threaded thingy turned to your liking would be fairly easy work.

If anyone is interested, I can ask for a price

Re: Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 00:56
by Jacob_Lee
Paul B wrote:Just a thought,
I know a few chaps who can machine metal bits for not a lot of money. A threaded thingy turned to your liking would be fairly easy work.

If anyone is interested, I can ask for a price


If it works out to a competitive price, then I will be very much interested.

In fact I may take two of different weights. My aesthetic requirements for a knob may not go any further than just a cylindrical piece with a small chamfer.

With that said there's a turning workshop at my uni, but they are constantly "under stocked" with the stuff I look for. Actually I hope the technicians still recognise me from 4 years ago.

Re: Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 10:26
by admin
Jacob_Lee wrote:My aesthetic requirements for a knob may not go any further than just a cylindrical piece with a small chamfer.


Dude.... :shock:

Paul, yes, I think a lot of people would be interested - maybe even the Knight Shop :D.

Re: Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 10:27
by admin
Actually... for those (many) of us who convert these baskethilts into sabres (of a sort), a lower profile half-sphere, rather than a sherical pommel, would be much nicer and look more sabre-like.

Re: Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 18:30
by Jacob_Lee
Today I just managed to turn my own little pommel for the baskethilt. Here's a few images to give you an idea of the size we're looking at.

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The size is a very rough approximate of the ball pommel with the same height, and slightly larger diameter.

It's around 240 g
and has a PoB of around 10cm from the guard.

The thread can be tapped to a shorter length as the ball pommel is designed to screw on fully without the baskethilt. This should allow the pommel to be reduced to around 30 mm in height with a with a 20mm M8 thread.

Any shorter and I believe we may end up with either a pommel with a weak bottom, or exposed thread from the nylons.

Re: Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 19:53
by admin
Very nice :)
Looks like it needs to be quite a bit lighter?

Re: Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 20:56
by Jacob_Lee
admin wrote:Very nice :)
Looks like it needs to be quite a bit lighter?


Interestingly enough. it's 10 grams lighter than the ones offered by corsairs wares. This should at least give an idea of the size of the steel pommels.

I'll have to try this out before deciding to trim this down to a lighter weight though.

Re: Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 21:27
by Mearcstapa
Out of interest, why is the waster all taped up? Is it to fix breaks, make the blade fit better, or to prevent wear?

Re: Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 21:35
by admin
So that people can identify their weapon in a room full of around 30 identical weapons!

Re: Steel pommel for KS nylon baskethilt

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 23:14
by Jacob_Lee
admin wrote:So that people can identify their weapon in a room full of around 30 identical weapons!


I'd dye rubber duck patterns onto every piece if I knew how to.