Gallery of past work

In September 2016, I had the pleasure of documenting a number of iconic swords at the MET. I joined Peter Johnsson, Kevin Cashen, and Lee Jones on a 3 day study trip. One of the more interesting swords we documented was this rather short Type X. I tried to stay true to the dimensions of the original, but purposely altered many of the imperfections of the original. My goal was to create a “corrected” version of the original.

This was a commission, but if you are interested in this sword, contact me at eric@crownforge.net for more information.

The original sword.
Documenting the original.

Stats:

Overall Length: 36 1/8 in. (91.8 cm)
Blade Length: 29 3/4 in. (75.6 cm)
Blade Width. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Weight: 2 lb. 2 oz. (964 grams)
Grip: wood core, linen underwrap, and leather cover, medium brown color
Steel: 80CRV2 high carbon steel
Fittings: mild steel

PHOTOS: MICHAEL GARD PHOTOGRAPHY

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Classic 15th century longsword with a pear shaped, Type V pommel and straight guard with lobbed ends.  This sword is balanced to be a precise thruster as well as a lively cutter.

Stats:

Overall Length = 48.5″ (123,2 cm)
Blade Length = 36.25″ (92,1 cm)
Blade Width = 1.93″ (4,9 cm)
Weight = 3 pounds 7 oz (1568 grams)
Point of Balance = 3.5″ (9,0 cm)
Center of Percussion = 24.4″ (62,0 cm )
Steel = 1075 blade, mild steel fittings
Grip Color: Brown, Steel Wire

Price: $2,650 $2000.00 (domestic US shipping included) SOLD

Contact me at eric@crownforge.net if you are interested in purchasing this sword.

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Photos:

Photos: Michael Gard Photography

 

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This sword (an Oakeshott Type XII) is inspired by a splendid piece in the St. Annen Museum in Lübeck, Germany.  This sword is featured in the book, The Sword — Form and Thought published by the Deutsches Klingen Museum in Solingen, Germany.  It contains the research of Swedish swordmaker, Peter Johnsson, for the 2015-2016 exhibit of the same name.

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The original sword as show in the book The Sword – Form and Thought

The goal of this project was to further familiarize myself with Peter’s research into the geometry of sword design.  This sword was an ideal candidate for learning: it is highly corroded, but clearly, it once was a stunning piece. Because of the corrosion, the final dimensions are unclear, so this leaves room for multiple interpretations. I didn’t want to simply recreate Peter’s research on this sword. I wanted to utilize his geometric strategies to make another interpretation of what this sword may have looked like.

St. Annen XII
The geometric strategy I used for this sword

This is a sword for a mounted knight. It has a long blade for an extended reach. In addition, the bronze pommel is weighted to give the blade a lively feel in spite of the blade length. This sword would have made an impression on the battlefield.

Stats:

Overall Length: 107,0 cm (42.13″)
Blade Length: 90,0 cm (35.43″)
Blade Width (at guard): 5,5 cm (2.17″)
Center of Balance (from guard): 13,0 cm (5.12″)
Center of Percussion (from guard): 61,0 cm (23.62″)
Weight: 1488 grams (3.28 lbs.)
Blade Steel: 80CRV2

Hilt Material: Bronze pommel and iron guard. Grip is a wood core with a linen thread wrap and a leather cover. The grip color is “abbey black.”  Abbey black is a color that I prototyped with Emma Martinson at Albion Swords.  Because black dye was not always available, monk robes were often over dyed blue (woad) to make a midnight blue, then red (madder) was dyed over the top of it to kill the blue tint. The result is a black that has a slight red tint in bright sunlight, but looks black when in the shade. Due to the two step dye process, you get a black appearance and not dark purple. It is an interesting twist to the regular black dye.

Scabbard: Hand carved basswood core. Leather cover dyed “abbey black.” Red leather belt with forged iron buckle.  Forged iron chape with Fleur-de-lis file work.

I want to thank Peter for his help with the numerous questions that came up during the design process.

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