And so, as it has been said elsewhere, a left-hand dagger. Not for sale, but in happy hands now I hope - I myself am quite satisfied with what Fate, or luck, decided.
If the new owner would be kind enough to take some measurements of it, it would be appreciated as I had to finish it in a rush.
It is again based on things I saw and played with in various collections. The idea was to make a dagger that would suit my needs in terms of features :
- wide quillions, at a 45° angle with the blade, to better catch and block the opponent's blade
- long, sharp and pointy blade - you're meant to kill with it, not just defend - yet still strong and able to withstand some abuse
- wide side ring to give good hand protection
- good pommel, teardrop-shaped cuz I like it
- thumb depression on the ricasso
- fancy fittings, blued because I wanted to try out.
The cross guard is hand forged and file-worked from a single piece of mild steel. The pommel is hand-forged almost to shape.
Blade is 1075 steel, diff quench (only the edges trhough subtle temperature control), tempered to blue for toughness.
Thanks to my little helpers in the forging process.
Fittings have been fire-blued as was done at this time.
Brass and steel wire on the grip.
Scabbard is as usual.
On with the piccies now :
I'm not too unhappy with that work, and even less unhappy with where it is now.