Vincent's Hall of Blades Jun 2, 2014 16:31:11 GMT
Post by Vincent Dolan on Jun 2, 2014 16:31:11 GMT
Overall Length: 40"
Blade Length: 32"
Blade Width: 2 1/8" @ base; 1 1/4" @ profile taper (8" from tip); 3/8" @ 1" from tip
Grip Length: 5"
Guard Width: 8"
Pommel Dimensions: 2 1/2"L x 1 5/8"W
The original design for my Type XXa entry of my Oakeshott series, this is one of only 9 designs from the original design that I like enough to consider posting in this thread; the XIVb "Goth" and Petersen Type L XIVc are two others. The XXa has always captured my fascination as it's a rather elegant looking blade profile, not to mention refined with its unusual fuller arrangement. The crosspiece on this example is a Style 9, similar to the one on Mé'aré, while the pommel is a teardrop shape modeled after the one found on the antique listed as XXa.2 on MyArmoury.
Overall Length: 45 1/2"
Blade Length: 35 7/8"
Blade Width: 2 1/2" @ base; 1 1/2" @ profile taper (3 3/8" from tip); 7/8" @ 1" from tip
Grip Length: 7 1/2"
Guard Width: 8"
Pommel Dimensions: 1 5/8"L x 2 3/4"W
I've mentioned this before, but the main motivation behind the Dolan Type Xb is that I felt "two-handed viking", while accurate, didn't encompass the full spectrum it had to offer. I designed this sword, dubbed simply "Xb", to exemplify this line of thought. Though the blade is actually a Geibig Type 8, it still falls under the Xb category, while the curved Style 2 crosspiece (the same as on the Albion Yeoman) and the Type M pommel (borrowed from my Firenze design) hearken back to the older, transitional styles of Type Xs. The chape is meant to emulate the shape of a heater shield with the quarters recessed, but it didn't come out quite as cleanly defined as I had hoped.
Overall Length: 39 3/4"
Blade Length: 31"
Blade Width: 3" @ base; 1 3/4" @ profile taper (7 7/8" from tip); 1/2" @ 1" from tip
Grip Length: 6"
Guard Width: 8 1/8"
Pommel Dimensions: 2 1/4"L x 2"W
This is the Monarch, a design originally from July 2012, and probably one of my lesser known swords, as I designed Wyrmfell and Drake almost immediately afterwards and, well, they kinda stole the spotlight. I call this sword the Monarch as, when I designed it, I just felt like designing a XIVa with the hilt furniture of the Albion Sovereign. The gold and purple color scheme, which is about as gaudy as I can bring myself to put on a sword, is a reference to the fact that, throughout history, purple dye was often so expensive to produce that only royalty could wear it. Beyond that, there's not much to say here.